Controversy over whether to limit Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville to general aviation flights has divided Gwinnett County for three years. Commissioners Tuesday rejected a proposal to bring commercial flights to the airport.
Residents of Atlanta's northeast suburbs packed a public meeting Tuesday night and urged county commissioners to make a decision one way or another on a proposal to add commercial flights to an airport in Lawrenceville.
Aviation executives involved in talks about bringing passenger jets to a suburban Atlanta airport confirmed Thursday they would partner with a European airport firm if plans for commercial flights are approved.
Some residents at a Tuesday meeting expressed worries about noise and fears that commercial flights would lead to lower property values. But several business owners and residents said the promise of jobs and economic prosperity made the venture worth exploring.