NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The recent actions by newly and re-elected members of the Paulding County Commission, which attempt to reverse the progress Paulding County Airport Authority and Propeller Airports have made to bring limited commercial air service and related economic development to the county, is yet another attempt, we believe, by Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) to maintain its near monopoly of air travel in metro-Atlanta.
“It is not a surprise that the first act of these three commissioners is to try to stop the years-long progress of improving Silver Comet Field for the residents of Paulding County,” said Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports, which has a contract with the Paulding County Airport Authority to develop Silver Comet Field. “We saw this coming. Delta has had a slew of lawyers on this and there are even circumstances surrounding the election of these three commissioners that don’t add up. This is just another reason we filed the complaint with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) last October and we are encouraged that the DOT continues to investigate these issues.”
At Tuesday’s commission meeting in remote Paulding County, there were attorneys with ties to Delta in attendance.
As stated in the complaint filed with the DOT against Delta, Propeller and Paulding County officials believe it is in the public interest for the Secretary of the U.S. DOT to investigate the campaign, orchestrated and perpetuated by Delta Air Lines, to prevent the establishment of a second air carrier airport in the metro-Atlanta region by using unfair and deceptive practices and unfair methods of competition.