“In Atlanta there is a need to take someone less than 500 miles whether it is for business or pleasure,” Keith Sisson, chief operating officer of the charter airline said. “We will certainly provide a convenience to someone who would basically lose money by sitting in the airport.”
Airport Director Mike Van Wie said since the airport is located inside the Perimeter and close to downtown, it provides a great opportunity for the airline to grow.
“We see the metro Atlanta area and PDK as part of our growth,” Sisson said. “Since we started in June, our goal has been to provide convenience and since our ticket prices are $249 or less, we provide passengers an opportunity to get out of town without having to deal with the TSA and traffic.”
The airport does not stand to gain more than a fuel fee from the airline. Van Wie said the benefit to the surrounding community from an increase of commerce from visiting passengers is one of the little things that help in these economic times.
Van Wie also said any community concern of massive planes flying into the airport is irrelevant since the maximum payload of the plane is 7,500 pounds. He said the airport already has planes similar to the airline’s fly in and those are quiet.
Passengers will ride on Cessna Caravan EX, planes with a maximum seating of nine. Complying with federal law, the airline will only make four round trips each week per destination.
The airline flies to Memphis, Tenn., Oxford, Miss., New Orleans, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Ala., Destin, Fla., Panama City, Fla. and Birmingham, Ala. The airline also provides trips to Southeastern Conference games, but Sisson said those tickets could cost more than $249.
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