Gwinnett County Airport
|Gwinnett County Airport
|IATA: LZU – ICAO: KLZU – FAA LID: LZU|
|Elevation AMSL||1,061 ft / 323 m|
Gwinnett County Airport (IATA: LZU, ICAO: KLZU, FAA LID: LZU) at Briscoe Field is a municipal airport located about two miles (3 km) northeast of Lawrenceville, Georgia, in the United States. It is owned and operated by the Gwinnett County, in the northeastern part of metro Atlanta.
It has a 6,000-foot (1,800 m) runway, and is 1,061 feet (323 m) above mean sea level (AMSL). Student training is conducted at the airport by several different flight schools, including ATP Flight School. Two fixed-base operators (FBOs), Landmark (north ramp) and Aircraft Specialists (south ramp), serve the field with facilities, passenger lounges, and fuel. Georgia Jet operates the largest air charter fleet in the Atlanta area from Briscoe Field, transporting passengers nationally and internationally, more than 10 million passenger miles per year. ImagineAir, an air taxi company, is based at the airport. Medway Air Ambulance and Critical Care Medflight operate medical transport services. Its Airport Minimum Standards for Operation were rewritten in 2006.
Facilities and aircraft
For the 12-month period ending April 5, 2005, the airport had 108,485 aircraft operations, an average of 297 per day: 99.7% general aviation and 0.3% military. There are 433 aircraft based at this airport: 75% single-engine, 13% multi-engine, 8% jet and 4% helicopter.
In May 2010 the FAA gave preliminary approval to a plan to privatize the airport. This allowed Gwinnett County to further study plans on a possible sale of the airport to private investors. New York-based Propeller Investments offered to buy Briscoe Field and upgrade it with a ten-gate terminal to attract more scheduled airline services and build a runway capable of accommodating planes as large as 737s. Atlanta's dominant airline, Delta, lobbied against the proposal due to its reluctance to split operations between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Briscoe Field, even though three low-cost carriers, Allegiant, JetBlue, and Virgin America, do not yet offer service to Atlanta.
In June 2012, the County's Board of Commissioners canceled the privatization plan, amid local opposition to initiating commercial passenger service from the airport. The Board claims that it would not have been a suitable location for an airport due the already widespread development around Briscoe, which would also have limited future expansion plans. They also raised the issue of distance, claiming that it was "too far away from metro Atlanta’s main population base", citing industry experts who said "most travelers would continue to utilize Hartsfield-Jackson over Briscoe because it would offer more flights, more destinations, and better ticket pricing". They also characterized Propeller Investments as a startup company without airport operations experience.
- FAA Airport Master Record for LZU ( PDF), effective October 25, 2007
- Fox, Pat (December 14, 2009). "Airline Flights from Gwinnett? Firm Makes a Pitch". Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- Poole, Robert (June 28, 2012). "Atlanta Needs Another Airport". Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- "Gwinnett rejects commercial flights at Briscoe". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. June 5, 2012.
- Regan, Jim (June 28, 2012). Atlanta Journal-Constitution http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2012/06/25/atlantas-second-airport/
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- Gwinnett County Airport, official site
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