In October, 2013, Paulding County airport officials announced they had reached a deal with New York-based Propeller Investments to start commercial service at the county’s airport. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and the City of Atlanta immediately announced they would fight the proposal, which could produce an alternative to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. On November 15, 2013, Paulding County Commission Chairman David Austin sent a letter to Delta CEO Richard Anderson, accusing Delta of organizing local opposition to the plan in Paulding County. But the Commission itself has faced accusations from opponents that it approved the deal with Propeller Investments behind a veil of secrecy. Brett Smith is the managing director of Propeller Investments. He spoke about the controversy surrounding the approval process in Part 2 of his conversation with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer.
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