MANAGER OF THE YEAR
October 12, 2016 – Blue Grass Airport Executive Director Eric Frankl, A.A.E., was named Kentucky Commercial Service Airport Manager of the Year at the 40th annual Kentucky Aviation Association Conference in Owensboro, Kentucky. Awarded by the Kentucky Aviation Association, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Aviation, this recognition is given to an airport manager who embodies a broad depth of knowledge of all aspects of aviation, has a proven record of overseeing airport facilities and improvement projects, and is actively involved in the local, state and federal aviation community.
The Kentucky Aviation Association is a non-profit association that promotes aviation and airport management in the Commonwealth through networking and professional development opportunities. Approximately 300 aviation professionals attended this year's conference to participate in informational sessions and have the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and governmental leaders.
"Eric Frankl has served our community well as Blue Grass Airport's executive director. This recognition by the Kentucky Aviation Association and Kentucky Department of Aviation was well-deserved," said Airport Board Chair Larry Deener. "Under Eric's leadership, the airport has positioned itself to be an attractive, cost-effective venue for our airline partners. Blue Grass Airport has had record enplanements for three consecutive years. The airport continues to grow and provide quality air service and facilities for the region. Eric's leadership and our employees' hard work have positioned Blue Grass Airport for a successful future."
Eric Frankl joined Blue Grass Airport as executive director in 2009. During his career, he has also held leadership roles at Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Airport. As executive director for Blue Grass Airport, Mr. Frankl has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the airport, including airport operations, finance and administration, development and community relations.
The year 2015 was especially significant for Blue Grass Airport due to its hosting of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. With over 40,000 guests in attendance during this two-day event, Blue Grass Airport was prepared to welcome commercial and general aviation guests—as well as horses—from around the world. Under Mr. Frankl's leadership, the airport provided guests a smooth travel experience and a great first and last impression of the Bluegrass region.
As executive director for Blue Grass Airport, Eric Frankl oversees keeping its aviation facilities safe, modern and customer friendly. The airport is currently undergoing a $60 million taxiway safety enhancement program to enhance operational safety and improve the efficiency of aircraft movement at the airport.
Mr. Frankl is very active within the aviation industry through his work with the American Association of Airport Executives and Airports Council International-North American. He currently serves as the Chair of the AAAE Airline Economics and Air Service Committee, which monitors and coordinates activities that impact airline economics on airport management and air service competition issues.
Locally, Eric sits on the board of directors for multiple community organizations including Hospice of the Bluegrass (chairman of the board) and Commerce Lexington. He also recently held board-level positions on the Kentucky Blood Center and Kentuckians for Better Transportation. In addition, he actively plays a role in collaborating with local charitable organizations to host the United Way 5K on the Runway, Honor Flight of Kentucky events, Breast Cancer Awareness partnership with LBX Company and Aviation Museum of Kentucky events.
Blue Grass Airport, located in Lexington, Kentucky is served by four major airlines providing convenient non-stop and connecting service to hundreds of destinations worldwide. The airport serves more than 1.2 million passengers annually and supports our community with an economic output exceeding $370 million. Receive the latest airport news by liking us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluegrassairport or following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bgairport.