Jim Szczesniak, airport director for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, is departing for new opportunities, the Alaska Department of Transportation said in a news release today.
Szczesniak led the airport through the challenges of the pandemic, as well as during record levels of passenger service and cargo activity.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with one of the best groups of aviation professionals these past four years. I will miss Team ANC, but I am confident they will continue to deliver award winning levels of service and operational excellence,” Szczesniak said.
Szczesniak has accepted a new airport leadership opportunity in Houston, Tex., the news release said.
In the interim, Deputy Commissioner John Binder will serve as airport director until a replacement is named. Binder has substantial aviation experience and has past experience serving as interim airport director.
Szczesniak was hired initially by former Gov. Bill Walker, who surprised the aviation community by unceremoniously dismissing John Parrrot from the position he had served in since 2008.