‘Airport 101’ at this week’s IRP

Christina R. Reale, commissioner of aviation at Syracuse International Airport, will provide an overview of the airport from a management, operational and financial perspective at the Thursday, Oct. 6, meeting of the Institute for Retired People (IRP). Meetings are held on every first and third Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Sessions are held at First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville.

Reale will discuss air service development efforts, aviation projects and other initiatives the airport is undertaking to increase revenue, reduce costs and improve service. She was appointed by the mayor of Syracuse as interim commissioner in January 2011, and made permanent in May. Her responsibilities include day-to-day management and oversight of the airport facility, including 115 Department of Aviation employees. She is responsible for all operational and management decisions, including final development of the Terminal Security Access and Improvements Project scheduled for construction in spring/summer 2012. Reale works with all airport stakeholders to ensure the safety, security and comfort of the traveling public. Stakeholders include the Transportation Security Administration, six airlines, six car rental companies and a variety of terminal and off-airport tenants. 

IRP is a community program established by University College of Syracuse University, dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning. For more information on IRP visit http://www.yesu.syr.edu/IRP or call 443-4846.