Erie International Airport welcomes its new Executive Director Derek Martin

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Erie International Airport wants to take your flying experience to new heights as it welcomes new leadership.

The Erie Regional Airport Authority is ready for new ideas and new leadership.  On Wednesday, it welcomed its new executive director, Derek Martin. 

The position opened up following George Doughty’s resignation in May, after serving for only one year and nine months. 

Martin says, “It looked like a great opportunity to work on some of the challenges the airport has with air service, as well as some of the infrastructure needs that the airport has.”

Martin brings more than two decades of experience in the travel and aviation industry, including his recent work for the Wayne County Airport Authority, which oversees Detroit Metropolitan Airport. 

Board Member of the Erie Regional Airport Authority, Marybeth Smialek, says, “I think it would mostly be his experience that he’s had with similar-sized airports, as well as some that might be a little busier. So, he’s going to bring a lot of those ideas to us.”

One of the ideas includes expanding business opportunities at the airport.  Martin says the authority wants to address the needs like traffic management, moving the rental car lanes away from the front of the building, and possibly relocating the cafe. Martin says, “It’s before security. It would be ideal if we had that behind security so that passengers would feel more comfortable checking in for their flight, going through security and then grabbing a sandwich or a beverage.”

From roof work on the terminal to patching and even repaving on the runway, work at the airport is already underway.

Martin says a 20-year master plan for the airport is currently under review by the FAA.  He says the extent of improvement will be dependent on the ability to secure local and federal funding. 

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