Long-time Philadelphia airport CEO announces retirement

Long-time Philadelphia airport CEO announces retirement.
Long-time Philadelphia airport CEO announces retirement.

Philadelphia International Airport CEO Mark Gale will retire after nearly 28 years with the nation’s 12th busiest airport, Mayor Michael Nutter revealed this week in Philadelphia.

Gale, appointed to lead Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in 2009, has directed planning and implementation of the city’s aviation division, working not only to improve air service, but also to actively market the airport. His domain spanned two facilities — Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport — as well as overseeing approximately 800 workers.

Facility upgrades and expansion served as hallmarks of Gale’s tenure. Five new airlines joined its ranks as carriers, and consumer-friendly amenities and concession choices enhanced consumer experience under his leadership.

With a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Gale began interning at the airport in 1985 while still a student, rising in the ranks over the years. He will retire at the start of Jan. 2016.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my years at the airport, especially the last seven when the leadership team has worked together to improve air service and to enhance passengers’ travel experience,” Gale said. “I thank Mayor Nutter for the opportunity he gave me to lead this great organization and … all our employees dedicated to serving the airport’s customers. Now, I’m looking forward to the next phase of my life, both personally and professionally.”

American Airlines VP Michael Minerva complimented Gale for the long relationship shared with his company and its predecessors, notably US Airways.

“He has devoted his career to improving PHL,” Minerva said. “He leaves the city and the region a larger and better airport than the one he found when he started in 1985. Perhaps more importantly, Mark’s successor will inherit an airport poised for greater improvement and with a settled airline lease. On a personal note, those of us who have worked closely with Mark over the years wish him all the best as he moves into the next chapter of his life.”

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