Airlines Threaten Atlanta Reductions

Although the master lease agreements that apply to airlines at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport do not expire until September 2010, talks between the carriers and the airport authority have already begun. Both Delta Air Lines and low-cost carrier AirTran Airways have said that if their costs are too high they may be forced to move some connecting flights to other airports. The two carriers represent roughly 93% of the traffic at Atlanta.
According to the airport, all the carriers that do business at the facility are expected to generate about $160 million in airport revenue in 2009, including property leases and landing fees.