What was the best news
experienced by your airport
Michael Cheyne, A.A.E.
Director of Asset Management
International served more
passengers and handled more
aircraft operations than any other
airport in the world in 2015.
Hartsfield-Jackson has retained
the title as the World’s Busiest
Airport for 18 years. “Maintaining
our status as the World’s Busiest
Airport is quite an achievement,”
General Manager Miguel Southwell
said. “It’s a testament to the
relationship we’ve built with our
tenant airlines, our employees,
our concessionaires and, most
importantly, our passengers.”
Tim Doll, A.A.E.
Eugene (Oregon) Airport
2015 was the fifth year in a row for
record passenger traffic.
Todd McNamee, A.A.E.
Director of Airports
Ventura County Department
Due to high manufacturing goals
for Korean auto makers and weaker
than anticipated markets abroad
for autos, vehicle deliveries were
LOOKING BACK AT 2O15 AND AHEAD TO 2O16
diverted to the U.S. through the
Port of Hueneme, which created
a need to store the excess new
autos in Ventura County. The
department of airports was able
to offer approximately 40 acres
of vacant land for temporary use,
resulting in an increase in non-aeronautical revenue of $170,000
per month. Overall storage in the
county is in excess of 150 acres and
will likely continue through 2016.
Managing Deputy Commissioner
Chicago Midway International
Due to the strong presence of
Southwest Airlines, passenger
activity at Midway International
continued its strong growth with a
5 percent increase in activity over
2014. In fact, 2015 was another
record-setting year for Midway
— the airport’s busiest year in
its 88-year history. Coupled with
O’Hare International, Chicago’s
airports handled nearly 99 million
passengers — an increase of 8. 7
percent over 2014. It is a trend that
the Chicago Department of Aviation
(CDA) expects will continue,
especially for international traffic.
Midway and O’Hare International
are first-class global gateways to our
city, and the strong demand for air
service at Chicago’s airports is the
direct result of the Chicago region’s
strong and diverse economy.
Robert Olislagers, A.A.E.
Centennial Airport (Colorado)
We received excellent feedback
from attendees for co-hosting
the Northwest Chapter-AAAE
annual conference with Denver
International Airport. A good time
was had by all, and kudos to the
staffs at Denver International and
Centennial Airport for making it
one of the best conferences ever.
Tory Richardson, A.A.E.
Vice President, Human Resources
Columbus Regional Airport
2015 was a successful year for
the Columbus Regional Airport
Authority. We experienced strong
growth in cargo operations at
Rickenbacker International from
both a scheduled and charter
perspective. We also experienced
significant air service expansion
by Southwest Airlines at Port
Columbus International and
Allegiant at Rickenbacker.
Mark VanLoh, A.A.E.
Kansas City International Airport
Too many good news items! Rating
agencies increased our credit
ratings; passenger traffic was up
18 months in a row; the aircraft
maintenance base is fully occupied;
new airlines continue to do well
(Spirit, Allegiant); and existing
airlines added new cities.
Several members of
Airport Magazine’s Editorial
Advisory Board offered
their assessment of events
last year and their outlook
for 2016. As always, we
appreciate their insight
Michael Cheyne, A. A. E.