Ben DeCosta Stepping Down As Airport GM

After more than 11 years, 'moving on to new challenges'


ATLANTA --

The general manager of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is resigning after more than 11 years.

In a letter to Mayor Kasim Reed that was released to CBS Atlanta Monday afternoon, Ben DeCosta said he will leave at the end of his contract on June 30.

In the letter, DeCosta said he felt it was time to move on to new challenges. He said he is leaving the airport in great shape.

Among the projects finished during DeCosta’s tenure was the completion of a fifth runway.

“During his long tenure, Ben spearheaded and oversaw many great improvements at the airport and because of his business acumen and aviation passion, it is now the busiest passenger airport in the world. His long-lasting achievements and dedication will leave an indelible impression on our airport,” Reed said in a statement.

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