FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 042114
Airport Director Mario Rodriguez to Lead Indianapolis Airport Authority
Long Beach Airport Director Mario Rodriguez announced today his resignation from the City of Long Beach to accept a position as Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Mr. Rodriguez was named Long Beach Airport Director in February 2009 and had earlier served for 20 years in both the public and private sectors, including Deputy Director at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and in positions at the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach International Airports.
"Managing the Long Beach Airport and being a part of the Long Beach team has been an incredible experience, one that I will forever treasure." said Mr. Rodriguez. “I can't say enough about the professionalism of the Airport staff, the wonderful partnerships with the Airport stakeholders, and the amazing Long Beach community who embraced me and helped create the success we enjoy at the Airport. I am looking forward to this next challenge in my career and wish Long Beach the very best.”
During Mr. Rodriguez’s tenure the Long Beach Airport has experienced a renaissance, completing the $57 million parking garage and the $45 million modernization of the historical Long Beach Terminal. The parking garage was completed four months ahead of schedule and $2 million under budget, and the entire Airport Modernization project has been embraced by the community, the industry and passengers as a resounding success. The Airport has won numerous awards, including recently being listed by Fodor's Travel Guide as one of the top 10 airports in the world. The Airport has consistently been listed as one of the lowest cost airports to fly into and is in a strong financial position.
“Mario has been such an asset to Long Beach, and I can’t say enough about his expertise, his professionalism, and what he and his team have accomplished over the past five years working hand in hand with the Mayor and City Council, the community, and our City departments.” said City Manager Patrick West. “We wish him all the best as he explores new professional challenges and brings a little part of Long Beach’s success with him to another community.”
Mr. Rodriguez’s last day with the City of Long Beach will be May 23, 2014. The City will conduct a nationwide search for Mr. Rodriguez’s successor, considering both internal and external candidates who choose to apply. Upon Mr. Rodriguez’s departure, the City Manager will appoint an Interim Director to lead the Airport until the selection process is complete.
The Long Beach Airport is a department of the City of Long Beach with a staff of 125 employees, an annual operating budget of more than $40 million and a five-year capital budget of $165 million. 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.
The Airport serves more than 3 million passengers annually, has more than 300,000 operations per year and is the production and staging area for military and civilian aircraft among other commercial ventures. The numbers of operations make the Long Beach Airport one of the busiest airports in the world (ranked 37 in the world, below Hong Kong).