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Poor Economy Slows Atlanta Airport Project

The recession isn't the only problem for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that threatens construction on its long-delayed international terminal.

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines warns that rising costs at the airport raise questions about the size of the carrier's future
operations there. The warning comes as Delta prepares for talks
with airport officials on new airline leases.

Hartsfield-Jackson's existing 30-year airline agreements expire next year, and formal talks are expected to begin in the next
couple of months.

Airport spokesman John Kennedy says construction may likely be halted anyway in the next few weeks due to tight credit markets.

The $1.6 billion project is three years behind schedule. The
latest projection is for a 2012 opening.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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