Long Beach Airport (LGB) Director Bryant L. Francis, C.M., today announced his resignation from the City of Long Beach to accept a position with the Port of Oakland as Director of Aviation for Oakland International Airport. Mr. Francis was appointed Director in January 2015, and has 20 years of aviation industry experience.
“I've had an invaluable experience as Director of Long Beach Airport,” said Mr. Francis. “I appreciate the community and our business partners for recognizing the Airport as an important City asset. I thank the Mayor, City Council, Airport Advisory Commission, and City Manager for their collective guidance. The Long Beach Airport team is among the best I have had the pleasure of working with, and I am confident they will continue to deliver exceptional service to our customers.”
Long Beach Airport was recently recognized on BBC’s list of Top 10 Most Beautiful Airports, ranked No. 1 of 42 top-rated Long Beach attractions on TripAdvisor, and named a Top 10 airport in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine
for the second consecutive year. It has as annual operating budget of approximately $42 million, and over 100 Employees. The Long Beach Airport Area Complex is a major economic development resource, supporting 43,000 jobs and generating more than $11 billion into the regional economy.
"I want to thank Bryant for his engaging and strategic leadership at Long Beach Airport," said City Manager Pat West. “He worked collaboratively with all stakeholders, including airport tenants, our commercial and general aviation partners, and the community.”
Mr. Francis’ last day with the City will be March 30, 2016. The City will conduct a nationwide search for his successor, considering both internal and external candidates who choose to apply. Upon his departure, the City Manager will appoint an Interim Director to lead LGB until the selection process is complete.
Mr. Francis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is a Certified Member (C.M.) of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). He is currently a member of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the AAAE Diversity Committee.About Long Beach Airport
Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently completed a revitalization to update its facilities. In 2012, a new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, both Fodor’s Travel Guide and Yahoo Travel named LGB one of the top 10 terminals in the world. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities, and supports a healthy general aviation community with nearly 300,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable, environmentally-responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.