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Tiny airport jostling for a sliver of Atlanta's air traffic

Paulding airport's backers maintain that commercial flights could begin late next year

Two years ago, Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport applied for a commercial licence so it can introduce two flights a week. It has since encountered stiff opposition, led by Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and the city of Atlanta, home to the world's most bustling airport, Hartsfield-Jackson.


AIRPORTS do not get much smaller than Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, where an undeveloped two-lane road weaves to a church-quiet setting framed by small hills.

On a recent weekday morning, four small business jets were planted on the tarmac, if it