Denny’s Daily Zinger: Some Executives Should Simply Shut Up

I know about big airports.

I grew up on Long Island exactly one mile from the touchdown point of the JFK Airport’s main runway. Every two minutes a giant jet would pass directly over our house roughly 1,000 feet with an ear-splitting roar.

When I lived in Stamford, Conn., I loved the 20-minute drive to the Westchester County Airport versus the 30-mile, three-hour schlep to and from LaGuardia.

The Silver Comet Brouhaha
What triggered this piece was The Wall Street Journal account of Silver Comet Field, a tiny airport northwest of downtown Atlanta.

It is applying for four commercial flights a day. This would save local travelers the hassle of trekking 40 miles to catch a plane at Hartsfied-Jackson—the world’s busiest airport.

Officials of Delta Airlines-with a huge hub in Atlanta-are going berserk and will say anything to quash the scheme.

Delta is saying little publicly about its effort, except for an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece in which a senior executive said that “a second airport can quickly expand, and the impact on Hartsfield-Jackson would be significant.”

The executive, Holden Shannon, said the airport has room for more airlines and warned that competition would threaten “Atlanta’s economy.” -Susan Carey and Cameron Mcwhirter, The Wall Street Journal

Is an airport with one gate, one runway and two employees really A THREAT TO ATLANTA’S ECONOMY?


Executives such as Holden Shannon are a joke and a P.R. director’s nightmare.

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at

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  • Reginald Doherty

    I agree! Such a move would almost completely shut down Hartsfield and drive Atlanta into bankruptcy. You underestimate what one gate, one runway, and two employees can do, if they REALLY get behind it.