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Reference no. HKS1024.3
Published by: Harvard Kennedy School
Published in: 1991

Abstract

An antiquated airport jeopardizes a region''s economic health but the county of Albany, New York, operator of the aiport, lacks funds to undertake much-needed capital improvements. In this context, the county executive seriously examines privatization-selling the airport off to a private developer with a background in airport management. This case is designed to permit a full discussion of the potential merits and drawbacks of privatization of such a large public facility. It raises such issues as monopoly power and ease of access to capital. The decision to permit the Albany privatization is ultimately made by the Federal Aviation Administration, thus allowing the case to raise national as well as local issues.

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Abstract

An antiquated airport jeopardizes a region''s economic health but the county of Albany, New York, operator of the aiport, lacks funds to undertake much-needed capital improvements. In this context, the county executive seriously examines privatization-selling the airport off to a private developer with a background in airport management. This case is designed to permit a full discussion of the potential merits and drawbacks of privatization of such a large public facility. It raises such issues as monopoly power and ease of access to capital. The decision to permit the Albany privatization is ultimately made by the Federal Aviation Administration, thus allowing the case to raise national as well as local issues.

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