Port Authority Names New Leaders at Area Airports Including JFK

Jun 12, 2014 11:52 am ET

June 12 (Bloomberg) -- The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey named new leaders at four of its airports, including John F. Kennedy International, whose manager resigned last week.

The team, Michael Moran at JFK, Rich Heslin at Newark Liberty International, Lysa Scully at LaGuardia Airport and Ed Harrison at Stewart International Airport in Orange County, have more than than 100 years of combined aviation experience at the agency, according to a news release.

“Each of these highly competent and respected professionals owns an impressive and proven track record of success working for the busiest and most challenging airport system in the world,” Port Authority aviation director Thomas Bosco said in the statement.

JFK general manager Gennaro “Jerry” Spampanato, 75, stepped down days after he was notified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that it was investigating two incidents related to runway lights.

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority runs the airports, four bridges, two tunnels, a bus terminal, commuter rail, a bus station and the World Trade Center site. The airports served a record 112.5 million passengers last year.

The Port Authority plans to invest $8 billion in the airports in the next 10 years, including replacing LaGuardia’s 50-year-old central terminal, voted America’s dirtiest and most poorly designed by readers of Travel & Leisure magazine.