Airport Director Mario Rodriguez Appointed to Airports Council International North America Board of Directors

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appointment of Airport Director Mario Rodriguez to the Airports Council International North America

Long Beach Airport Director Mario Rodriguez

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Airport Director Mario Rodriguez to the Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors effective October 19, 2011.

Airports Council International (ACI) is the association of the world’s airports. ACI-NA’s member airports transport more than 1.5 billion passengers per year, representing more than 95 percent of the market. It is the largest of the five world regions that comprise Airports Council International, which represents 1,650 airports in 179 countries and territories.

“This appointment is very important for the City and Long Beach Airport because Mario now has a significant role at the national and international level of airport advocacy,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

As a Director, Mr. Rodriguez will advocate for policies that strengthen the ability of airports to better serve their passengers, airline partners, customers and communities. The Board of Directors interacts regularly with such federal and international organizations as the Federal Aviation Association (FAA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Air Transport Association (ATA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“This gives LGB a seat at the big table and an opportunity to have a voice in the national arena,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “I am very honored to be on the Board of Directors for such a highly respected national and international organization.”

Mr. Rodriguez will also help provide direction for ACI-NA on a host of issues with legislative, commercial, technical, environmental, passenger, and other interests to ensure effective advocacy and communication.

The Board of Directors are elected for a three year term of service.

About Long Beach Airport:
Long Beach Airport (LGB), located in Long Beach, CA, was founded in 1923, making it the oldest municipally owned airport in California. Throughout its 88-year history, LGB has been a source of substantial economic activity and business opportunities, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable environment. LGB, its tenants, and users are committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner by minimizing the impact of business on the environment and surrounding community with methods that are socially responsible, scientifically based and economically sound. LGB hosts five airlines offering non-stop service to 14 U.S. cities and serving nearly three million commercial airline passengers annually while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 300,000 annual operations. As a center for air cargo carriers, more than 41,000 tons of cargo is transported via LGB annually. For more information please visit www.lgb.org .

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