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French firm might run Briscoe Field

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Aviation executives involved in talks about bringing passenger jets to Gwinnett said they would partner with a European airport firm if plans for commercial flights are approved.

New York-based Propeller Investments on Thursday confirmed that it would partner with a Paris airport manager to operate Briscoe Field if Gwinnett County officials approve its plans to launch commercial flights.

Jacques Follain, CEO of Aeroports de Paris, said it seems clear that a second commercial airport would be successful in metro Atlanta.

In the past, Propeller has said it wants to build a 10-gate terminal at the Lawrenceville airport and begin commercial flights to New York, Chicago and other cities using Boeing 737s, which seat up to 140 passengers.

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Don 1 year, 11 months ago

So some French company knows better than our FAA and other studies. Propellar seams to think this is in the bag for them.

I am waiting on teelee coments.

I can live with going private but not to comercial flights. I do not want to have this liablity hanging on the taxpayers when they go broke.

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jack 1 year, 11 months ago

See! This project does create jobs!

In France.

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Mack711 1 year, 11 months ago

Why should we go to France and it's socialist government when we have companies here that can do the job? We need to support American companies and have them contracted for this business. Keep our tax dollars in the USA.

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 11 months ago

I would love to have someone explain why Propeller is the ONLY company in the entire United States of America that thinks this is a viable venture. Think about that. In this economy, when millions of companies are looking for new opportunities, Propeller is the only company in the country bidding on this. Of course, perhaps other companies determined that it was not financially viable since this FAA program has a 0% success rate. It will also be interesting to hear Propeller explain why only a French company could manage this American airport.

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teelee 1 year, 11 months ago

There were others, but I think they got tired of the indecision by our officials.

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SabrinaWorks247 1 year, 11 months ago

Sorry, teelee, but delays are the norm on any project of this size, in both the private and public sector. Are you saying that there were many companies who also saw this as a potentially profitable venture, but decided to throw in the towel because it might be dalayed a while? That doesn't make sense. Again, I ask why Propeller is the ONLY company in the entire United States that thinks this project is viable?

Do you really think that this project will create 20,000 jobs, fill up all of the foreclosed homes in Gwinnett with new owners, and suddenly make local businesses profitable? If that is true, why don't all counties in the country build an airport? If that worked, we could end the recession right now by building airports all over the country. Does that make sense to you?

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teelee 1 year, 11 months ago

The future of commercial passenger flights must be good since Hartsfield-Jackson keeps expanding. I see an international terminal in the future at Briscoe Field. It already has an FAA controlled control tower. Briscoe is the perfect choice for an alternate airport that a lot of other big cities already have. There would be millions of dollars of federal transportation funds available to help with this project. Is there any business in Gwinnett County that would not benefit from more money and prosperity coming into the county? For all of you that are against this idea can you come up with a better way to turn Gwinnett around? We are number one in home foreclosures and personal bankruptcies. Businesses are closing left and right all around the county, just drive around and count them.

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Dubbin 1 year, 11 months ago

If a French firm goes bankrupt and abandons the airport there won't be anybody for the county to sue to recover damages. This is simply Propeller setting themselves up to skim off the money, run the airport into the ground, declare bankrupcy, and walk away while the only legal entity on the hook is in France. Propeller already bankrupted an airline and walked away - they're going to do it again. You've been warned.

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kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

I thought this issue was being put to sleep with a no vote. What is going on. Selling our souls to foreigners as usual. This stinks. The U.S. company can't handle it all so they sub it out. Who will be next when Propeller wants to bail out of this bad deal?

When are the BOC going to vote no?

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

Teelee,

"There would be millions of dollars of federal transportation funds available to help with this project."

So Gwinnett citizens should agree to be on the hook for millions of dollars because the FED has millions of MORE dollars we can get? That 16+ trillion they don't have never comes into play? Are you a Democrat - it's the only these negative numbers add up.

Weren't we supposed to be ENDING the request for ever more "government pork" or is that just something OTHERS should do somewhere else?

But if Propeller,as aggressive as they have been to this point does use them, they must figure the French would retreat after the first joint board meeting.

Here's to us "Lets lease the LEASE!!" No shell game here...

Attention Voters!!! Cleanup needed in District 3

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

Well this must explain it Mayor Reed needs a faster way to France...

http://www.ajc.com/news/mayor-reed-travels-to-1436272.html

The mayor will make his second trip to Paris since taking office for the New Cities Summit, a global gathering on urban development.

The summit brings together urban planners, architects, business leaders, academics and politicians to discuss “innovative” approaches to issues of city planning, according to a news release. A spokeswoman for the mayor said the trip comes at no cost to taxpayers.

The trip follows a recent nine-day economic development mission Reed held with business leaders in China.

Yes Briscoe Change we can believe in ...

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