The Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to appoint Atif Elkadi as chief executive officer of Southern California’s Ontario International Airport, effective from March 31, 2022.
Elkadi joined Ontario International Airport (ONT) in 2017 and has served as deputy chief executive officer for the past three years.
His extensive background in airport operations, management and communications includes positions at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dubai International Airport (DXB).
“We’re fortunate to have someone of Atif’s experience and leadership as we continue our strong recovery from the pandemic and assert ourselves further as Southern California’s airport of choice,” said Alan Wapner, president of Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) and mayor pro tem of the City of Ontario.
“We have full confidence is his ability to lead our ONT team in serving one of the most dynamic population and economic centres in the US.”
Since its return to local ownership in 2016, ONT has seen passenger volumes climb by more than 30% to a pre-pandemic peak of nearly 5.6 million.
ONT also ranks among the Top 10 cargo airports in North America and is a critical hub for the movement of goods around the world.
“I am extremely grateful for the support of the OIAA Board of Commissioners, and the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary team of airport professionals,” enthused Elkadi.
“Together, we have the honour of serving one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, and I look forward to building on our role as a premier passenger airport, supply chain hub and economic driver for the Inland Empire and beyond.”
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