An interesting development in the ongoing changes to lucrative concessions contracts at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Reports Jeremiah McWilliams:
The FAA contends four Atlanta companies do not deserve a "disadvantaged" designation — a tag that may have given them an edge in winning contracts at Hartsfield-Jackson under the process that has played out over the past year. [...]
But the FAA said the owners of the four Atlanta restaurant companies in question were either too wealthy to qualify as disadvantaged, or were too hands-off to meet requirements that they actually control their companies.
The federal agency wants Georgia officials to yank the certificates, arguing that GDOT was "factually incorrect" and misapplied the rules when it granted the certifications.
In one case, FAA officials say, a company's owner apparently hadn't visited the airport location she managed for at least six years. It's a complicated issue, which McWilliams explains in a very clear manner. Give it a read. David Pendered also has another interesting angle on the brouhaha.
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