The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced that Massport CEO & Executive Director Thomas J. Kinton, Jr., was elected to the Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors at their annual meeting in Boston
ACI-NA represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA's members enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.
Kinton was appointed CEO & Executive Director of Massport in 2006 and oversees Boston Logan International Airport, Bedford's Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport; the Tobin Memorial Bridge; the public cruise, cargo and container terminals of the Port of Boston, and development of Massport-owned property in Boston.
Kinton is recognized nationally for launching Logan's Family Assistance Program for Aviation Disasters that played a key role caring for victim families after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. He was also instrumental in Logan's Behavior Pattern Recognition Program that helped earn Logan the 2004 Airport Security Reportâ€™s award for "Exceptional Performance in Airport Security."
ACI-NA's membership consists of 174 airport operators with 366 airports in the U.S. and 49 airport operators with 180 airports in Canada. The mission of ACI-NA is to advocate policies and provide services that strengthen the ability of commercial airports to serve their passengers, customers and communities.
The ACI-NA Board of Directors is composed of four Officers elected annually and fourteen Directors representing airports of various sizes across North America. Directors are elected annually on a rotating basis for a term of three-years. Board members serve without compensation.
Kinton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Doctor of Commercial Science (Hon.) from Merrimack College. He is currently a Board Member of the New England Council, a Board of Trustees Member for Merrimack College, a member of the Policy Review Committee of the American Association of Airport Executives, and a Board Member of Safe Skies Alliance.
Boston Logan serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 70 domestic and 31 international destinations and in 2007 handled 28.1 million passengers. Boston Logan is the Air Line Pilot Association's Airport of the Year for 2008 because its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport has spent $4.4 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has transformed the airport into a world-class 21st Century facility.