Wed, Sep 14, 2011
TAC Air Claims City Is Playing Favorites With Wilson Air
An FBO operating at Chattanooga Metro Airport
(KCHA) is asking the FAA to look into what it says is special
treatment offered by the city to a competitor.
TAC Air has been operating at KCHA since 2002. In August, Wilson
Air Services began operating from a $5 million facility owned by
the airport board. Television Station KDEF reports that TAC Air
cried foul, and requested that the FAA investigate the matter.
Mayor Ron Littlefield told the station that he hopes that the
competition will "spark the other FBO operator to do some new and
inspiring things with the properties they manage." TAC Air General
Manager Pam McCallister told the station that they have had to
lower fuel prices to stay competitive.
TAC Air says the issue is basically a private company having to
compete with a government-owned facility, and if the agency decides
to investigate the matter, it could have ramifications for airports
nationwide. City officials said the move was made to spark
competition at the airport.
Airport spokesperson Christina Seibold said that they would let
the FAA investigation run its course before making a public
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