Sept. 27: Metro Airport Commission

Rotarian Christian Klein introduced our speaker, Brian Ryks, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC). Brian is a Minnesota native, graduating from Lakeville High School and St. Cloud State. Mr. Ryks began his career in 1986 as a noise and operations technician at MAC . He left MAC in 1990 to become noise abatement manager at Stapleton and Denver International airports in Colorado. Following his tenure there, he served as airport manager at Aberdeen Regional Airport in South Dakota from 1995 to 1997 and at St. Cloud Regional Airport from 1997 to 2002. He was executive director of the Duluth Airport Authority from 2002 to 2012, followed by the same role at Grand Rapids, Michigan. He started at MAC in 2016.

The MAC coordinates six other airports besides Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and employs 600. MAC receives no tax dollars for operations; it is funded largely by gate rental fees from airline companies. MSP has been awarded honors for top quality and efficiency. MSP and regional airports bring prestige and revenue to the metro area, and Brian is proud of the MAC’s noise abatement, environmental protection and ongoing partnerships with customers and area companies and organizations. The MAC has been successful in gaining direct routes to international destinations and multiple airline choices to domestic locations. Brian presented slides that gave us insight into the growth plans for the airport.

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