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Volkswagen turns Chattanooga airport into parking lot

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Volkswagen turned parts of Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport into a parking lot.

The automaker brought hundreds of people to a global meeting of company managers Friday at the new $1 billion assembly plant in Chattanooga.

Pam McAllister, who manages the airport's fixed base operation at Lovell Field, told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that about 10 planes were parked outside TAC Air's facilities on Friday.

The German automaker's managers flew into the city earlier in the week for a high-level strategy session and to check out the plant that officially started producing the new Passat this spring.

Martin Winterkorn, the company's chief executive, said earlier that about 250 VW officials, managers and their spouses were to be in the city.

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