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Executive Director of Palm Springs International Airport Elected to the Board of American Association of Airport Executives


Palm Springs, California – Palm Springs International Airport is proud to announce the election of Harry Barrett, Jr., AAE, Executive Director of Palm Springs International Airport, to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Harry was elected to a two-year term by the voting members of AAAE which consists of accredited executives representing airports across the United States. In addition to his board membership, Barrett has been entrusted with leading AAAE’s
endeavors in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the aviation industry.

With an impressive career spanning more than 15 years in civil and military aviation management and 7 years as a military aviator, Barrett has proven himself as a visionary leader committed to driving innovation and fostering collaboration in the industry. Throughout his professional journey, Barrett has consistently displayed a strong dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion. His appointment as the leader of AAAE’s DEI initiatives serves as a testament to his unwavering commitment to cultivating a more equitable and inclusive environment for aviation professionals.

“I am deeply honored to have been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Airport Executives,” stated Barrett. “Working alongside some of the brightest minds in our industry, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of airport management practices. I am particularly excited to lead the organization’s efforts in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, as it is a fundamental aspect of building a stronger and more vibrant aviation community.”

In his capacity with AAAE’s DEI initiatives, Barrett will spearhead initiatives aimed at fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the airport industry. Collaborating closely with airport executives, industry leaders, and stakeholders, he will develop strategies that promote equal opportunities, help to establish diverse talent pipelines, and nurture inclusive workplace cultures.

“AAAE is incredibly fortunate to have such an outstanding slate of airport professionals from across the country who are willing to give of their time and talent to help guide our association forward,” AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli said. “They are leaders in every sense of the word, and the recognition they have earned from their peers is a testament to the commitment they have shown to AAAE and the airport profession.”

Barrett’s steadfast commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the organization and the aviation industry as a whole. Palm Springs International Airport congratulates Barrett on this well-deserved appointment.

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is owned and operated by the City of Palm Springs and is the only commercial service airport in the Coachella Valley. The airport’s 12 air carriers provide nonstop service to more than 30 airports in season. US nonstop routes include Atlanta, Austin, Bellingham, Bend/Redmond, Boise, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Love, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Des Moines, Eugene, Everett, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City-JFK, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Seattle. Canadian nonstop routes include Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. PSP is served by Air Canada, Alaska, Allegiant, Avelo, American, Delta, Flair, JetBlue, Southwest, Sun Country, United, and WestJet. Some airlines and routes operate on a seasonal basis. For additional information, please refer to flyPSP.com or get social with PSP on Facebook (www.facebook.com/flyPSP), Twitter (@flyPSP), or Instagram (@flyPSP) to stay informed about the airport and the airlines that serve the Coachella Valley.

Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the individuals who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 9,000 members represent some 875 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program. For more information, please visit AAAE.org.

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