published Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Chattanooga Airport officials move toward TAC Air buyout in deal that could cost more than $12 million

Chattanooga airport officials today took the first action toward a buyout of general aviation provider TAC Air’s operations at Lovell Field.

The airport authority agreed to an initial resolution for the issuance of up to $10 million in revenue bonds to help finance the purchase of TAC Air facilities.

Airport officials declined to immediately talk about the resolution after a called meeting of the airport authority board. But sources say that the deal could cost about $12.3 million.

The airport board is expected to meet Friday to approve another resolution related to the issuance of the bonds.

Airport attorney Hugh Moore said the city of Chattanooga is not obligated in any way by the issuance of the bonds. He also said that the city is not guaranteeing repayment of the bonds, nor do the bonds affect the city’s credit.

The airport and privately-held TAC Air have been in a long-running dispute related to general aviation services at the airport. Nearly four years ago, airport officials agreed to construct their own general aviation terminal on the airport’s west side, which competes with TAC Air.

See more in tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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