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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The contract calls for DeCosta to get a base salary of $255,000 a year with a 4 percent annual increase through June 30, 2010.
DeCosta said he has asked the TSA to justify cutting positions and will seek help from Georgia's congressional delegation if necessary.
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