LAWRENCEVILLE -- An airline industry expert told Gwinnett's airport study committee that regional airports are not likely to be successful in the future.
But because of questions about his objectivity, the committee will hear from another expert.
Insights into the aviation industry came in writing from Michael Boyd of Boyd Group International, who some questioned because of work consulting with Delta. Boyd said the airline industry is contracting, and airlines have cut regional jets from their fleets.
Because Boyd found a trend of consolidating flights at larger airports, some committee members said that did not back up a proposal to add commercial flights at Gwinnett's Briscoe Field.
"There is nothing in that growth analysis that shows smaller regional airports will be a success," said Lawrenceville Councilman Tony Powell, who serves on the citizens review board. "The whole industry is going away from that thought process."
While they did not believe Boyd to be biased, Gwinnett's transportation staff sent the same questions to Thomas Kinton of the Massachusetts Port Authority to gain another perspective. His answers are expected to be available by the group's meeting next Monday, which is a week before a due date for the committee to have its recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.
To get to work on the report, the committee members brain-stormed Monday about a list of concerns that officials should take into account in their analysis of the proposed privatization of the airport, which now serves general aviation, such as corporate jets, flight schools and private pilots.
The list, which will later be prioritized, included quality of life issues such as property values and noise, the ability to negotiate some controls such as flight times, and off-site infrastructure costs.