Power Breakfast: Airport seeks hike in business fees and new GM, bank suit, Cousins, aquarium, Fed, H-P

The airport makes the news with two stories today.

Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson want to sharply raise fees on many businesses that operate there, saying the revenue boost is needed to help secure construction financing for the new international terminal, AJC staffer Kelly Yamanouchi reports.

The airport plans to restructure and hike fees for regional shuttles, hotel shuttles, limos, off-airport parking lots and others — in some cases boosting the annual cost to a business by 400 percent or more, Yamanouchi writes. The move comes as the airport prepares to try to sell bonds to finish the $1.4 billion terminal project.

Businesses are balking at the size of the increases, saying the economy makes it hard to pass costs onto travelers, Yamanouchi reports.

Meanwhile, nearly two months after the departure of the airport’s general manager, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has selected three finalists in the search for a successor, Yamanouchi and AJC staffer Ernie Suggs write.

John D. Clark III, executive director and CEO of the Indianapolis Airport Authority; Louis Miller, former executive director and CEO of Tampa International Airport; and Lester Robinson, former CEO of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, bring different backgrounds in airport management.

None come from one of the nation’s 10 largest airports, but they bring some experience in dealing with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, as well as background in other key areas, the reporters write.

“They all have proven track records of running successful airports,” Reed said.

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MGD

August 24th, 2010
8:52 am

Another oportunity for Atlanta city officials to score big. Remember Maynard, and his “deals on wheels”, which now came out with lawsuits awarding others?. All paid by taxpayers’ money? And as usual, no accountability. Let’s sweep up, and move on. And on the top of that: It is Hartsfield – Jackson, now. US government in action.