IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho Falls Regional Airport Director Craig Davis has accepted a position with the Airports Division of the Hawaii Department of Transportation.
Davis has held the Idaho Falls post since October 2012.
"While I am very sad to see him go, I am very happy to have had his expertise and leadership here at the city serving to build our airport over these past six years," said Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. "I wish him well in the future. His low-key, competent leadership style surely will be missed."
According to the Mayor's office, the airport has seen significant growth and improvements in service, safety and operations under Davis' leadership. For two consecutive years, IDA has passed the annual FAA safety inspection with zero discrepancies – the highest rating a commercial airport can receive. The rating also came with comments and accolades for IDA's efficiency, management and overall safety.
Over the past six years, the airport has requested and received multiple federal grants for airport improvements and expansions. IDA received $2.5 million for the south terminal expansion, $2.4 million for the south quad ramp expansion, $2.3 million for the commercial ramp expansion and de-icing pad, $9 million for the Taxiway A, C and Runway 2/20 rehabilitation project and $3.6 million for the baggage claim expansion project, which will be constructed this summer.
IDA operates from the city's enterprise fund as a financially self-sustaining entity.
"I am moving on to pursue other endeavors," said Davis. "I have enjoyed my tenure working with the airport, city, county, community and business partners. We have had many successes we've championed together for the betterment of the airport and the city. I've made many friends and professional relationships and will always have fond memories of living and working in eastern Idaho. The environment at the airport has been very supportive and collaborative and one that I have enjoyed. I wish everyone happiness, health and success! Mahalo and Aloha!"