Aug 8, 2017
Airport Director Flies Coop
The director of LVIA is leaving, and their board of directors issued the standard exit praise about the wonderful job he did. In my opinion, neither he or they do a good job.
As often the case, people appointed to these boards are the same good old boys appointed to multiple boards. Often they are appointed not because they care and study a situation, but because their cooperation can be counted upon.
The previous ill-advised acquisition of expansion land cost the authority over $26 million in punitive damages. Factor in that the airport passenger volume has generally deceased, the wisdom of those previous decisions is apparent.
When the board decided to do away with the previous management company, they hired the guy who was representing the previous company, expecting better results? In recent years they have modernized a perfectly modern facility for no useful purpose. Their current useless project is to do away with the convenience of having the car rentals by the luggage claim area, and building a separate building as a transportation hub. Again, expanding for expansion sake with no useful purpose.
In the meantime, they continue to overcharge for parking, and fail to induce more flights to more destinations.
In the past when I questioned a board member about some of these decisions, he knew little to nothing about them. Of course that didn't deter him from voting yes.