Located Across Georgia, General Aviation and Small Commercial Airports Make a Big Impact on Local Economies and Provide Engineering Opportunities
By Heather Collins
Georgia is home to the largest airport in the world in terms of total aircraft operations and passengers, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is so large that it nearly overshadows one of the country’s most extensive network of small public airports. Spread out across the state of Georgia are 103 publicly owned public-use airports.
“Every Georgian is within a 45-minute drive to an airport that is accessible to 95 percent of corporate aircraft being used today,” says Carol Comer, Director of the Intermodal Department at the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). These airports provide facilities to quickly and efficiently move products, corporate and industrial professionals, tourists, sports teams, leisure aviators and emergency response personnel around the state, country and world.