Former Cedar Rapids airport director picked for Louisville

Dan Mann will direct operations of two facilities

Dan Mann

Louisville Regional Airport Authority
Dan Mann Louisville Regional Airport Authority

A former director of the Eastern Iowa Airport has been named executive director of the Louisville, Ky., Regional Airport Authority.

Dan Mann, 52, was director of the regional airport in Cedar Rapids from July 2005 until he resigned in December 2010 to become executive director of the Columbia, S.C., Metropolitan Airport. Mann will assume his new post in March.

As executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, Mann will oversee the Louisville International Airport, with more than 1.6 million enplanements, and Bowman Field, the busiest general aviation airport in Kentucky.

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority also is home to Worldport, United Parcel Service’s international air express hub.

During his tenure in Cedar Rapids, the airport has invested $1.2 million in an upgrade of the passenger terminal’s C concourse, a $2.7 million glycol retention facility for airplane de-icing and a $5 million public safety building.

Work began in the spring of 2010 on a $48 million reconstruction of the airport’s 62-year-old primary runway as well as the intersection with a secondary runway. Mann convinced the Federal Aviation Administration to pay for extending a parallel taxiway to the main runway to serve as a temporary runway during the reconstruction.

After becoming executive director of the Columbia, S.C. Metropolitan Airport, Mann reduced the airport’s overall cost per passenger from $12 to $9, and lowered the airport’s debt from $155 per passenger to $75. He also led the airport to five consecutive years of passenger growth.

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