Connections – June 20, 2016

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Carl Newman PortraitJMAA CEO added to Airport Directors Forum at AMAC Conference

Carl Newman, CEO of Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and the new Chair of American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) has joined the Panel for the Sunday afternoon Airport Directors Forum during the AMAC Conference in August.

Since 2015, Mr. Newman has managed Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) and Hawkins Field (HKS). Prior to his position at JAN, Mr. Newman was the General Manager for the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and previously served as Assistant Aviation Director at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

A graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS in Public Administration, Mr. Newman earned his Masters of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Mr. Newman is a board member for American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and currently serves as the Chair of the organization. He is the immediate Past Chair of the Operations, Planning and Safety Subcommittee for AAAE and served as the Second Vice President of the Southwest Chapter of AAAE. He also served on the Board for the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce and served on the board for the Central Arizona Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

JMAA is an airport member of AMAC.


goaa_picWorld Focus on Orlando – Impact on Aviation Community

Florida Governor Rick Scott is thanking our aviation community partners at American, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and United Airlines who helped thousands with complimentary travel for family and friends of the victims at the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre.

“I want to thank the Orlando International Airport community for coming together with such an overwhelming show of support. You cannot imagine this happening to any family and I applaud the Orlando International Airport community for making travel to Orlando for these grieving families as easy as possible,” Scott said.

Lynx, Mears Transportation and Uber offered ground transportation throughout the region for those affected. Area hotels and Airbnb provided complimentary lodging as well.

Jet Blue was among the first on social media offering support. The company has a sizable presence in Orlando, where it operates a base and maintains support facilities.

"This weekend’s events are felt by all of our 19,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through Orlando – one of our focus cities – at Orlando International Airport, our Orlando Support Center and JetBlue University," the airline said via its company blog. "We want to do our part to help the victims of this tragedy, as well as support the Orlando community through this difficult time."


Orlando International Growing

Lost in the wall-to-wall coverage of the three major tragedies in Orlando last week, was news that the airport set a record for passengers over the past 12 months – 40.2 million passengers.

“Reaching the 40 million passengers mark is quite an accomplishment and evidence of our need to move forward with the capacity expansion and customer service plans underway at Orlando
International Airport,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “What makes this number even more remarkable is, the current facility was designed to accommodate 24 million annual passengers.”

“The passenger growth reported for April is an indicator of predicted strong Summer traffic,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “We’re expecting an increase of almost 8 percent in airline seat capacity into the market when compared to last year.”

While the long term impact of the nightclub shooting on passenger traffic remains to be seen, the airport remains committed to long term expansion and improvement. This past week the governing board voted to an additional $1.2 million to expand checkpoint security staff, screening equipment, baggage-handling systems and employee screening.

Orlando International is in the midst of a major construction project to build a new train station and additional 2500 parking spaces several miles south of the airport. The airport authority is steadily moving forward on constructing its $1.8 billion southern airport terminal which has a capacity for 120 additional gates.

Reagan National Celebrates 75 Years


June 16th marked the airport’s 75th anniversary complete with a white-tablecloth luncheon. A historic flight, giveaways and music. Activities continue through the end of June.

More than 23 million passengers used Reagan National last year, making it the second-busiest airport in the region, after Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport. Last year was its sixth straight year of record-high passenger traffic.

Photos from the Aero Club’s luncheon and visit from American Airlines DC3 are included in this link.

For schedule of events, visit

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport readies for RNC & AMAC

Just in time for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and AMAC’s Annual Meeting in August, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport takes the wraps off a $42 million terminal modernization this week. Highlights include improvements to the ticketing level with more natural light, a reconfigured Checkpoint B to help smooth the flow of passengers through security and an overall face lift.

Read more about the major renovation in Crain’s Business Journal in Cleveland




AMAC_conference_logoAMAC Conference Update

Additional workshops are being added to this year’s Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference in Cleveland, August 21-23. From solving employee turnover in concessions to building successful joint venture proposals, registration is now open for these workshops at

Playing off the host city’s fame of Rock n’ Roll, titles include:

Rock Star Joint Ventures: Joint Ventures in the Construction Industry

Forming the Band: Joint Ventures in the Concessions World

Rock n’ Roll Star: Engaging Employees for Organizational Success.


margot_dorfmanCelebrating Women in Aviation – AMAC Conference Breakfast

Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce will keynote this year’s Celebrating Women in Aviation breakfast, Tuesday, August 23.

This unique breakfast event offers business owners, airports, government and corporations the opportunity to network and hear about the personal and professional experiences of other women in the business, how they got there, and what it takes to excel in the industry. Proceeds benefit the AMAC Foundation.

Women own 9.9 million U.S. firms representing more than 35% of all U.S. firms. Dorfman is quick to point out however that women business owners are failing to achieve revenue on par with male-owned firms. Less than 5% of all U.S. revenues representing an annual opportunity loss of over $10 trillion dollars. In step with AMAC’s mission, Dorfman is consistently bringing her message to Washington and beyond, urging political, government and business leaders to take action to open the doors to opportunity for minority and women-owned firms.

Prior to her work with the Women’s Chamber, Dorfman founded Arizona Women’s News, Hispana News and the Greater Phoenix Chamber Business Connection. She previously held executive positions with General Mills and other Fortune 500 firms and holds a Master’s Education from Lesley University and a B.S. in Education from Northeastern University.


legislative updates

Picture1Federal Aviation Administration Policy Deals Blow To State of Mississippi’s Hostile Attempt To Take Over Jackson, Mississippi’s Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced a significant policy that will impede the State of Mississippi’s attempt to take control of Jackson’s airports next month.

On May 4, 2016, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2162, which attempts to abolish the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA). The airport authority is governed by a five-member board, which is appointed by Jackson’s mayor and confirmed by the Jackson City Council. SB 2162 seeks to appoint a new nine-member commission, a majority of which are appointed by the governor and lieutenant governor. Jackson’s mayor would have only one appointee on the commission.

In the June 6 Federal Register, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a policy that states, among other things, before any state legislative body takes action impacting the operation, etc. of an airport, it should “consult with and obtain the consent of the current sponsor,” which in this case, is the City of Jackson.

The policy also states that when the transfer of the airport operating certificate is disputed, the FAA will not act upon an application to transfer the certificate until the dispute is “definitively resolved to the satisfaction of the FAA.”

Until the FAA grants approval, the JMAA board will continue to operate, even though SB 2162 has an effective date of July 1, 2016.

“We commend the FAA for making its position crystal clear,” JMAA Board of Commissioners

Chairman Dr. Rosie L.T. Pridgen said. “The JMAA Board of Commissioners did not consent to JMAA being abolished and the creation of a new regional commission, as required by the recent policy issued by FAA. Additionally, the board vehemently opposes any transfer of the airport operating certificate.”

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, the Jackson City Council, Hinds County Board of Supervisors, and

Democratic state legislators, have all opposed the state’s hostile takeover attempt of Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field Airport. More than 10,000 supporters nationwide have signed petitions opposing the takeover. Those petitions will be sent to the FAA to show widespread support. Pridgen asks supporters, particularly corporate partners, to:

  • Write letters to the FAA opposing the attempted takeover of Jackson’s airports
  • Call for the repeal of Senate Bill 2162
  • Sign the electronic petition addressed to the FAA by going to

To volunteer in the effort to keep the airports in Jackson’s control or to read the full FAA policy statement, go to



Uber and Lyft at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Uber and Lyft cars now officially part of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The ride-sharing app’s inclusion into the airport’s ground-transportation options began Saturday, June 19.

Uber and Lyft were granted permits to pick up passengers from Sky Harbor following a 6-3 vote by the Phoenix City Council in May. The companies were previously allowed to drop off travelers at the airport but were limited in their ability to pick up arriving passengers. The new rules allow for the full range of both Uber's and Lyft’s services to operate at the airport.

Passengers choosing to use the Uber and Lyft apps meet their rides in an area specifically for ride-shares. It is in the same general area as shuttle and taxi pickups outside the terminal baggage claims.

Airport Dining

Travelers passing through the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport will soon get Lucky’s, while the beloved corndog from DC-3 opens at Dulles International with plans to expand to other airports.

Lucky’s Craft Food & Drink will replace Wings as the airport’s restaurant on July 1 with a major franchise across the hall as a complementary venue, said Rick Sell, vice president of restaurant operations for Metz Culinary Management of Dallas.

The airport board chose Metz as its new restaurant concessionaire in April.

“We think the local presence is real important in these airport experiences,” he said. “Travelers value local and craft beer and food.

Metz plans to add a 10- to 12-seat bar to the kiosk at the airport’s Gate 5. Eventually, kiosk customers will be able to order food delivered from the restaurant.

corn_dogDC-3 Corn Dogs

Matchbox Food Group is moving off the streets and into airports, catering to captive travelers where locals can grab a dog for spare change.

Matchbox has signed a contract with OHM Concession Group to open DC-3s in airports around the country. The first opened about a month ago at Dulles International Airport, and OHM is planning to open a second location at BWI.

The airport menu also features breakfast sandwiches for those early-morning travelers, including a breakfast sausage on hot dog bun, breakfast burritos and other items.

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