Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said Monday that she has recommended the City Council approve legislation that would extend the lease between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Delta Air Lines covering gates and other space for seven years, ensuring that the world’s busiest airport does not lose its largest hub airline.

“The proposed extension continues the important partnership between Delta and Atlanta that dates back to 1941,” Franklin said in a statement. “It keeps Delta’s headquarters in Atlanta. This is especially good news here in Atlanta during these difficult economic times.”

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