By Christopher Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — A major public policy group that represents the aviation industry wants Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to examine why the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is using taxpayer dollars to compete against a private business.
In his recent letter to Haslam, National Air Transportation Association President James Coyne warned that this activity will discourage private investors and create additional burdens for taxpayers.
Chattanooga Airport Authority officials are using $4 million in Tennessee Department of Transportation grants to establish a new Fixed Base of Operations to compete against TAC Air, which was the airport’s only FBO. Airport officials wanted a second FBO to provide more competition and lower jet fuel prices.
They chose Wilson Air as the company that would manage the taxpayer-subsidized FBO.