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Posted on: July 9, 2020

John Kinney, Airport Director for Aspen/Pitkin County Airport announces his retirement

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Media Contact: Jon Peacock, County Manager 

jon.peacock@pitkincounty.com 

970-471-8550 


John Kinney, Airport Director, today announced his retirement from the Aspen Pitkin County Airport effective August 10, 2020. 

John’s tenure at the airport has seen significant improvements in airport safety, security, passenger experience, and air service development for the community. Under John’s leadership, the airport earned national recognition and awards from the FAA and other organizations. Most recently, Kinney worked with community leaders on the ASE Vision Process to align community values and future developments at the airport, including a new terminal and airfield safety improvements. The ASE Vision process was unprecedented for involving the community in airport planning. 

“I want to thank John for his work over the past 6 years and truly congratulate him on the many improvements he made at the airport during his tenure. The airport is in better shape than when John arrived six years ago. John’s deep knowledge of the aviation industry and ability to partner with commercial airlines, the general aviation community, and the community at large will be missed.” said Jon Peacock, County Manager, adding “ John has brought on a strong team at the airport and we look forward to a smooth transition.” John will remain on a consulting retainer with the County for three months after his retirement to ensure a smooth transition of airport projects and operations. 

“I love this airport and this community, my wife and family will continue to call this home and live here in the valley, and I am proud of the work we have done here. We have accomplished a great deal and at the same time lowered operational costs and provided opportunities for an outstanding staff to excel in their respective careers,” said Kinney. 

“I have enjoyed working with John and I wish him and his family the very best as they embark on a new chapter in their lives.” said Peacock. 

Kinney has worked in the aviation industry for more than 30 years. He has led teams in Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Long Beach, Montana, and Arizona. 

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