published Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Another lawsuit filed over airport expansion plans in Atlanta

DALLAS, Ga. — A group of Paulding County residents has filed a third legal challenge to plans to create what would be another commercial airport for metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the latest lawsuit challenges airport leases and a loan made to fund a taxiway expansion.

The lawsuits are aimed at stopping plans to commercialize flights at Silver Comet Field northwest of Atlanta.

Backers of bringing commercial air service to the Paulding County airport have encountered a series of setbacks — and their hopes for an announcement of new air service have been pushed off to next year.

Brett Smith, whose company is partnering with Paulding County on the idea and would operate the airport under contract, has said the obstacles are merely "bumps along a much longer road."

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