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LINTHICUM -- Businesses that depend on Baltimore/Washington International Airport are divided over whether the state should sell the airport to a private company or keep running the facility itself.
USAir, the airport's largest carrier, worries a private operator could raise rates and increase costs to everyone. But some smaller companies think a private operator would spend more money on improvements and run things more efficiently.
Representatives of Lockheed Air Terminals Inc. met with state officials last week to discuss buying the airport. The idea has been floating around for at least a year, when legislators floated the idea of selling off state assets to raise money for a cash-strapped state government.
"America believes in capitalism. But airports are one of the last places where it hasn't taken hold . . . The thing is, there are people out here with capital ready to invest in airport infrastructure," said Victor Gill, a spokesman …