Airport Business

MAY 2018

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INDUSTRY UPDATE POCATELLO REGIONAL AIRPORT MANAGER RETIRES David Allen, Pocatello Regional Airport manager, officially put down the controls to the airport April 20. During his time at the airport, he oversaw the $4 million terminal renovation, the installation of the Kizuna Japanese Garden and the Airport Appreciation Days events. Over the last two years, he has helped the airport to double the number of commercial flights. PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRST TRANSIT First Transit announced Philadelphia International Airport has renewed its contract to operate and provide maintenance for the entire airport passenger shuttle operation. First Transit will provide maintenance, operations, and staffing for 46 buses, offering more than 3.5 million trips annually for the employee and economy parking lots. O'HARE'S RANKING FOR ON-TIME FLIGHTS HAS DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED Data available from the Department of Transportation (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) shows that on-time performance at O'Hare International Airport has dramatically improved in recent years. The last four years of statistics for the nation's 30 major airports show that O'Hare has steadily moved up in the rankings from the bottom to the middle of the pack. For the full year of 2017, O'Hare's on-time arrival percentage was 80.8 percent, ranking it at number 14 out of 30 airports. Just three years ago and for several years prior, O'Hare 's on-time percentage was below 70 percent and the airport ranked at or near the bottom among major airports. SSP AMERICA AWARDED NEW FOOD & BEVERAGE CONTRACT AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SSP America has been awarded a 10-year contract by the city of Los Angeles Department of Airports and Westfield to develop and operate a modern day food and beverage Marketplace at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The contract sees the development of five new restaurants total of 9,160 square feet. MWAA NAMES DAVID HUCHLER AS NEW POLICE CHIEF The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority named David Huchler as its new chief of police. Huchler joins the airports authority after two decades of service with the Alexandria Police Department. He holds a bachelor's degree in law enforcement and a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University. He also serves as an adjunct professor in George Mason's Department of Criminology, Law and Society and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. J.A. AIR CENTER JOINS THE AIR ELITE NETWORK World Fuel Services (WFS) announced that J.A. Air Center in Sugar Grove, Illinois has joined the Air Elite Network. "We are excited to partner with World Fuel Services and to be selected as a member of the Air Elite Network. We look forward to taking our customer service to an even higher level with the Ritz-Carlton training and to leveraging the many benefits that are provided with network membership," said Randy Fank, J.A. Air Center's FBO operations manager." YIL SUREHAN JOINS MWAA AS PRESIDENT OF AIRLINE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors named Yil Surehan as vice president of airline business development. Surehan led airline route development efforts for the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), where, under his leadership, Boston Logan International Airport doubled its international destinations and broke passenger traffic records seven years in a row. He started his career in the airline industry, working in various planning, scheduling and market development roles for United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance and international business from New York University and a master's degree in business administration, with a concentration in economics, from the University of Texas. INDY AIRPORT'S SUPPLIER DIVERSITY DIRECTOR JOINS CIVIL RIGHTS BOARD Holli Harrington, director of supplier diversity at the Indianapolis Airport Authority has been named to the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Harrington, joined the IAA as its supplier diversity director in 2013. In her role, Harrington is responsible for providing enterprise-wide opportunities for disadvantaged, diverse, and small businesses and airport concession disadvantaged businesses. INCA TEA CAFÉ EXPANDS AT CLE Cleveland's own Inca Tea is expanding with a second location on Concourse C. The use of reclaimed wood and granite counters in the 310 square-foot unit lends a warm, rustic look reflects the company's eco-friendly ethos. 6 airportbusiness May 2018

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