Three airlines dropped their fares during the FAA shutdown, but Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and most of the rest of the industry bumped prices to offset taxes the FAA can’t charge while it’s closed. Former airline executive and industry consultant Robert Mann said the airlines often complain that taxes and fees depress demand, but when they had a chance to prove their point, they pocketed the extra money instead.
The U.S. Senate is considering whether or not to fund the Federal Aviation Administration. The House of Representatives approved the bill Wednesday to continue funding. But if the Senate defeats the measure, funding for the FAA would stop on Saturday.
The Henry County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to acquire Tara Field, the airport next to Atlanta Motor Speedway. The purchase price of $17.7 million covers 326 acres of airport property, including a hangar, along with 217 acres of land owned by the Clayton County Water Authority.