Georgia Sen. Warnock grounds state legislatures’ attempts to seize control of Atlanta Airport

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — On Friday, U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) celebrated a provision he secured in the 2024 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that will help protect local control of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL).


The Senator’s provision provides additional protections and clarity in the event that the state legislature attempts to wrestle control of ATL away from the City of Atlanta, as it often threatens.

“Hartsfield-Jackson is the busiest airport in the world, connecting tens of millions of travelers to the incredible history, culture, and businesses that make up ‘The A’. It’s only right that the City of Atlanta continues to control this gateway to the city,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “My provision helps protect millions in revenue flowing from Hartsfield-Jackson to Atlanta, and helps enable the city to continue supporting minority-owned small businesses. I was proud to secure these meaningful protections to guard against cynical state politicians trying to seize control of the airport.”

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The Georgia State Legislature passed a measure in 2019 to take over control of ATL from the city of Atlanta.

The Senator’s provision, which he secured after offering it as an amendment during the Commerce Committee’s FAA markup earlier this year, codifies certain protections and processes in the event of a disputed change of sponsorship at a federally obligated, publicly owned airport.

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