In a story initially reported by The Atlanta Constitution Journal, it has been revealed that the FAA is now investigating the misuse of funds at ATL. It is alleged that a portion of airport monies were funneled away from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and used in a way that contravenes FAA regulations.
It has been revealed that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has commenced investigating the possibility that funds intended to further operations at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) have been misused, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
The outlet originally broke the story back in late June, revealing how the city of Atlanta, “…paid three law firms more than $7 million to respond to federal subpoenas from a grand jury investigating corruption at Atlanta City Hall.”
It is alleged that a portion of this money was funneled away from ATL’s coffers, something that goes against regulations set by the FAA.
Offering her comments to the paper back in June, aviation lawyer Barbara Lichman was quoted as saying, “You’re not allowed to take money from the airport off the airport. By paying for other city departments you’re taking money off the airport.”
The FAA – via its Office of Airport Compliance and Management Analysis – responded late last month to authorities via ATL in a letter signed by Kevin C. Willis, the office’s director.
“While we recognize that legal expenditures are permissible under certain circumstances, this article raises questions that the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Airport Compliance and Management Analysis (ACO) must address,” wrote Willis in the letter, as reproduced by the outlet.
In a statement e-mailed to the Daily Mail, Arlene Salac, a spokesperson for the FAA, said, “The Federal Aviation Administration will not make a determination regarding any possible impacts to Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport until our investigation is completed.”