LGB director appointed to board of Airports Council International

Long Beach Airport (LGB) this week announced the appointment of Airport Director Mario Rodriguez to the Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) board of directors effective Oct. 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 make up 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,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.
As a director, 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,” Rodriguez said. “I am very honored to be on the board of directors for such a highly respected national and international organization.”
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 is elected for a three-year term of service.

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