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Residents Air Pros, Cons Of Commercial Flights in Gwinnett

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A Russian Antonov AN-124 cargo airplane lands at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport on April 8, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo credit: ERIK S. LESSER/AFP/Getty Images)

A Russian Antonov AN-124 cargo airplane lands at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport on April 8, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo credit: ERIK S. LESSER/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Residents voiced objections and support for allowing commercial flights at an airport in Gwinnett County as a report on the proposal nears completion.

Some residents at the Tuesday meeting expressed concerns such as noise and feared that commercial flights would lead to lower property values.

But several business owners and residents said the promise of jobs and economic prosperity made the venture worth exploring. Bill Blackwell of Dacula said a better airport is needed to attract top companies to Gwinnett.

A task force of residents has been studying Briscoe Field airport in Lawrenceville, including the idea of privatizing the airport and adding commercial flights. Its report is due May 8.

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