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Airport Land Cleared For Flight Training
By DeAllous Smith

AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways, the second-largest passenger carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson, has announced it will build a 50,000-square-foot flight training facility in College Park on 5.5 acres of land owned by the world’s busiest airport. MDG Development Group LLC began clearing the undeveloped tract in April.

“AirTran’s facility is an integral part of a mixed-use development plan that calls for the creation of residential, office, commercial and flight training space on 155.6 acres owned by the Airport,” said Jalal Slade, Hartsfield-Jackson’s aviation properties manager. “Our goal is to transform the area into a world-class aviation business park with the cooperation of the City of College Park.”

Airport Land Cleared For Flight Training

Officials predict AirTran’s one-story facility, expected to open at the end of 2008, will cost approximately $7 million and employ 50 construction workers. Flight attendants and pilots will be trained in the building, which is across the street from the Alteon flight training facility.

“It’s truly one of the best locations at Godby Road and Old National Highway,” said Slade. “With easy access to interstates 285, 85 and 75, the site is only minutes from the Airport, downtown Atlanta’s central business district and Camp Creek Parkway.”

© 2008 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.


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