Mar 13, 2020 7:20 AM
Robert Kennedy....Director of Port Control
The future of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

How is Cleveland's Airport doing since the United Airlines de-hub? What does the airport's future look like now? Come to Friday's meeting to find out !!!!

Robert W. Kennedy, A.A.E, IAPRobert W. Kennedy, A.A.E, IAP

The Director of Port Control at the Cleveland Airport System is Robert Kennedy, who joined the City of Cleveland in January 2017.  In this capacity he provides leadership and oversight for two airport assets: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL) and the Division of Harbors: including the city’s North Coast Harbor. CLE is in the top 10% of all United States’ airports welcoming more than 9.1 million guests in 2017 and BKL is the regions' preeminent general aviation gateway located in downtown Cleveland.  As Director of Port Control, duties include leading the more than 400 airport staff in the execution of airside, landside, customer service, security, maintenance, finance, commercial development, and physical infrastructure development functions to accommodate over 100,000 annual flights and provide an outstanding workplace for more than 7,000 on-airport employees. Robert has lead the airport team during significant passenger growth in 2017 and 2018, with more than 1 million airline seats added, and reaching the most improved airport customer service in North America recognition from Airport Council International for 2017.

Prior to joining the City of Cleveland, Robert held the position of Vice-President, Consulting Services for Aviation Strategies International, were he had executive responsibilities focused upon aviation advisory services. The company provides airports and governments with corporate level strategic advice and consulting services in the field of civil aviation. 

With more than 30 years of aviation experience, Robert has a wide variety of experiences within civil aviation including being appointed to interim general and deputy general manager for the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). At ATL he also served as the general manager of Operations, Maintenance and Security at ATL and served as the airport’s director of marketing, public relations and intergovernmental affairs, and route development manager. In the private sector, Mr. Kennedy founded and served as president of Kennedy & Associates Aviation and Air Cargo Consulting, which provided airports, air carriers and aviation-related industries with in-depth analysis and planning for route development, cargo master planning, and air service development.

He has received the two highest airport industry accreditations: the Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in 2008.  In 2009, he earned the International Airport Professional (IAP) designation, an accreditation awarded jointly by the Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

 Mr. Kennedy has been involved in numerous institutions and business organizations. He has been a Senior Aviation Advisor to the United Nations' CIFAL center in Atlanta, Georgia including the development and implementation of aviation programs for local authorities and executives. He led CIFAL’s efforts in hosting several aviation-related training programs, including security conferences for Chinese aviation officials in preparation for China’s 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Additionally, he served as Chairman of Airport Council International – North America’s (ACI-NA) Economic Committee and Air Cargo Committee; board member, Georgia Foreign Trade Zone; Chairman and President, Atlanta Air Cargo Association and board member, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce. He was recently elected to serve as Chairman of the Board for the non-profit global industry group, International Airport Professionals – Community of Practice. He has been twice named Clayton County’s International Business Person of the Year.