Jeff Humphrey, Media Content Manager, 509.625.6308
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 3:18 p.m.
The CEO of Spokane International (GEG) is getting national recognition for his role in making our airport more traveler friendly and prosperous. The Time Magazine of the airport industry named Larry Krauter its 2017 Director of the Year in the small airports category.
“After speaking to many aviation executives about a worthy candidate, the name of Larry Krauter was consistently raised,” says Ramon Lo, publisher of Airport Revenue News. “Larry is highly respected within the aviation world, with his efforts in advocating for the aviation industry in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he has increased air service at GEG and expects to soon undertake a redevelopment and expansion of GEG.”
“We are so fortunate to have Larry Krauter at the helm of Spokane International Airport,” says Mayor David Condon. “The airport—including its travel options and its available, developable land—is critical to ongoing economic growth opportunities for our community. Larry understands that and is delivering with increased air service in Spokane, new non-stop routes, and significant work as part of our new West Plains Public Development Authority.”
Most people don’t know Spokane International isn’t supported by taxpayer dollars, although it’s owned by the City and Spokane County. The operation is self- sufficient, so innovations launched by Krauter and his staff help keep the airport remain vital and convenient to use.
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, who sits on the Airport Board, says, “Regional economies thrive on quality assets like airports. Larry Krauter has turned Spokane International Airport into one of the most efficient and impressive airports in the country. We’re lucky to have him in Spokane.”
“I am humbled to receive this recognition from ARN and my peers, who are themselves very dedicated public servants accomplishing so much in challenging times,” says Krauter. “It is wonderful to know that the hard work of the team at Spokane Airports is making a difference not only in our community but also in the airport management profession. Thank you!”
Krauter will be interviewed in and featured on the cover of ARN’s September issue. He will be presented this award at the ARN Awards Show on the final night of the ARN 2018 Revenue Conference & Exhibition in Orlando.