AIRPORT MANAGERS are responsible for the day-to-day operations of an airport. They must comply with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. They make decisions about the security, maintenance, operations, and services of the airport. They plan and supervise maintenance and safety programs. They manage provisions for aircraft maintenance and fuel as well as maintenance for the condition and safety of runways and other facilities. They are responsible for public relations, the airport budget, and renting out shops in the airport. They keep personnel records, and hire, train, and supervise employees.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $96,500 average per year ($46.50 per hour)
- A medium occupation (90,300 workers in 2010)
- Expected to decline (0.5% per year)
AIRPORT MANAGERS in airports that provide airline service are generally required to have a college degree in airport management, business administration, or aeronautical or civil engineering. A background in public relations, air transportation, business management, engineering, and personnel administration is important. Many employers also require several years of experience as an assistant manager. Managers of small airports are usually required to have a pilot certificate and three to five years of work experience related to airport services.