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New China Route ‘Worth Waiting and Working For’
By John McCullough

Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Ben DeCosta joined Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and a group of the state’s business and political leaders on the recent inaugural flight of Delta Air Lines’ direct service to Shanghai, China.

Video Courtesy of Global Atlanta

“They say all good things are worth the wait. And this new route was truly worth waiting and working for,” said DeCosta. “Direct service to China, the world’s fastest growing economy, translates into benefits for Atlanta and the entire Southeast region.”

While in Shanghai, DeCosta delivered keynote remarks during “Airports as Economic Development Engines,” a forum spotlighting the role airports play in economic development.

“Whether it's Beijing, Shanghai or Atlanta, airports hold a unique position in their communities.” DeCosta said. “Because of the contributions we make, directly and indirectly, airports are more than mere transportation utilities. Airports also serve as strong economic growth engines.”

The forum was organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and CIFAL Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that provides government and civic leaders a forum to exchange ideas.

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