The President and CEO of the St. John’s International Airport Authority is retiring.
Keith Collins has presided over a period of significant growth the past 15 years as chief of the second-busiest airport in Atlantic Canada. Passenger volumes have increased by 28 per cent and airline seat capacity has grown by 35 per cent through increased choice of airlines and destinations served. The airport has expanded, and new amenities including hotels have been built on adjacent land owned by the authority.
Board chair Art Cheeseman sees the installation of a Category 3 Instrument Landing System as one of the most transformational projects during Collins’ time. That has nearly eliminated the impact of low visibility on aircraft operations, and reversed the region’s reputation for being inaccessible, especially during certain times of the year.
Collins, who finishes up at the end of June, says it has been a privilege to lead the Airport Authority over the past 15 years.
A search has begun for a new president and CEO.