Saturday, March 12, 2016

Atlanta airport Aims to Bring Back Nonstop Flights to India, China and Israel

Efforts to woo Indian and Chinese investors will only go so far without nonstop flights to those countries, the Atlanta airport’s general manager said as he pledged to do “everything in our power” to bring back direct connections to the world’s two most populous nations. Miguel Southwell also singled out Israel as a focus of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s air service development program, into which the airport is pouring new energy and resources as it aims to drive the city’s economy forward, he told about 900 attendees at the inaugural State of the Airport luncheon March 11.

Mr. Southwell acknowledged that many factors are at play and that airlines are “not charities.” They need to see a compelling business case for starting and sustaining new routes.

“I’m certain that if an airline tells Atlanta and Georgia what it takes to earn their flights, Atlanta and Georgia will rise to the occasion as we have always done,” Mr. Southwell said.

Mr. Southwell didn’t give details on concrete steps to draw these particular flights or which airlines he’s courting, but airport spokesman Reese McCranie confirmed that airport leaders are planning a trip to India.
11/03/16 Global Atlanta
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