Press Release: Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced today that Melinda Crawford, Director of the City-owned Pensacola International Airport, will leave to take a position as the Executive Director of Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Melinda has been a tremendous asset to the City of Pensacola and Pensacola International Airport,” said Mayor Hayward. “She has led our airport through a period of expansion and success and I want to thank her for her leadership and dedication. I wish her the best in this new opportunity.”
During Crawford’s tenure as Airport Director, Pensacola International Airport added United Airlines as well as UPS air cargo service, and new service to Chicago, Miami, and Washington D.C. Crawford also oversaw the completion of an $82 million capital improvement program, which included the renovation and expansion of the terminal building, as well as new parking and rental car facilities. The $24 million Airport & 12th development is currently under construction on the airport grounds, including a 127-room Hyatt Place Hotel.
Crawford is expected to remain with the airport through mid-February.
“Pensacola is my hometown, and I am grateful for the opportunities I have had here,” said Crawford. “My husband and I have always loved the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I simply couldn’t turn down the position in Charlottesville. I appreciate Mayor Hayward’s confidence in me over the past several years, and I feel Pensacola International Airport is well-positioned for continued success in the years to come.”
Hayward said the City would immediately begin a nationwide search for a new Airport Director. “Pensacola International Airport is obviously an economic engine not just for the City, but for the region,” said Hayward. “It’s critical that we have a first-class professional leading our efforts to grow our airport and maintain its position as the busiest airport between New Orleans and Jacksonville.”