development, business processing
reengineering, implementation of
technologically complex projects,
infrastructure programs, and airport
operations for HAS. Previously,
Jesus served as general manager
for William P. Hobby Airport and
was responsible for leading Hobby
and earning a Skytrax 4-star
international rating in 2016.
Dr. Stephen Van Beek, director
and head of North American
Aviation for Steer Davies Gleave.
Stephen has more than 20 years
of experience as an industry-leading specialist in policy and
regulation, as well as strategic and
business planning. He provides
these services to airport authorities,
commercial businesses, and all
levels of government. He is a
participant in AAAE meetings and
currently is assisting AAAE with a
study of the PFC program.
We’d like to begin by having
each of you give us a brief high-
level overview of your airports,
the traffic levels and mix, whether
it’s O&D versus connecting, future
growth projections, and capital
development plans that you have on
the horizon for both the short and
the long term.
MATHIEU: We have primarily O&D
passengers. About 95 percent of
our passengers are primarily O&D.
Our passenger traffic is down a bit.
It’s been down since 2008. I think
a lot of people have experienced
that. We were up around 1. 2
million enplanements, and we
are now down just over a million
enplanements a year. But the good
news is we’re seeing a slight uptick
so far this year, and we’re hoping
that continues. I’m hoping that
signaled the bottom of our passenger
decline, and we’ll start seeing a
climb back up.
Financially, we have done well.
We have planned for it. We paid
off our debt earlier this year. We’re
in a really good position. We’re
doing about a $20 million terminal
renovation as we speak, and we’re
in the midst of a master plan. And
we’re hopeful that the master plan
is going to show us and give us
some guidance in terms of what
we’re going to be doing in the
future. We will have the rest of the
terminal renovation on the books.
We have not decided to go forward
with it yet. We have only completed
Phase One and some additional
modifications, and so we’ll see.
We’ll respond to the economy.
We’ll respond to the passenger
enplanement growths, and we will
look to deliver the services to our
customers as they’re needed and see
how the economy changes.
CAGLE: We’re a fairly unique
airport in that we are the sixth
largest or sixth busiest airfield in
the nation. We’re the ninth largest
by passengers, but we’re about 75
percent connecting traffic. We’re
one of the — if not the — largest
connecting hubs in the U.S.
The other unique thing about the
airport is our predominant carrier
accounts for about 92 percent of
our total traffic, American Airlines.
AAAE Chair CARL NEWMAN,
A.A.E., CEO, Jackson
Municipal Airport Authority
RONALD MATHIEU, C.M.,
executive director, Bill and
Hillary Clinton National Airport
BRENT CAGLE, C.M.,
director, Charlotte Douglas
CHRIS BROWNE, A.A.E.,