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Manager, Airport Relations

Houston, TX

On April 28, 2021, Avelo took flight as America’s first new airline in nearly 15 years – ushering in a new era of affordable, convenient, and reliable air travel. Founded and led by airline industry veteran, Andrew Levy, along with a team of world-class airline executives, we endeavored to build a different and better kind of airline with one mission in mind: “To inspire travel” and we’ve done so with industry-leading reliability and a caring Soul of Service. If you are looking for the opportunity to join a new and exciting airline that offers the chance to truly make your mark on aviation history, keep reading! 


The Manager of Airport Relations will develop and maintain all aspects of the relationship with airport/communities we serve or expect to serve through communication, negotiations, and administration of our agreements that promote our company values and maintain customer service excellence.


This position also is a key role in purchasing for operations at the airport and a critical link to the government agencies involved with the airports we serve or intend to serve.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

1) Develop and maintain relationships with each assigned Airport and Airport Leadership Team. 

  • Regular communication and visits to airports, compliance with all due dates in the various agreements for reporting, payment, advance schedules, and other required information.
  • Lead and/or Attend Airline/Airport Affairs Committee Meetings
  • Coordinate routine performance meetings regarding cost and routes with Airport Leadership and Network Planning.
  • Develop and implement strategies for reviewing and analyzing airport budgets, airport capital projects, and lease agreements, to identify and negotiate reductions in them with the guidance of Leadership.
  • Actively coordinate and collaborate with airports higher performance to support our intended Customer experience.
  • Develop and implement strategies for negotiating airport use and lease agreements and more complex development agreements under the guidance of Leadership.


2) Reduce costs to operate at the airport we service. 

  • Develop and maintain a cost analysis for each airport. 
  • Understand the financial drivers of the cost model of each airport and provide alternatives to Leadership to evaluate cost savings opportunities.
  • Participate in all airport decisions to the extent possible which will benefit our operations and economic return. 


3) Maintain understanding and the impacts of Airport’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), financially, operationally, and / or politically.

  • Ensure impacts are addressed within the airline at the appropriate time and in the appropriate area.
  • Ensure all projects are incorporated into the airline’s planning processes including budgeting and operations planning in future schedules.
  • Negotiate lower costs at airports related to future projects and airport design.
  • Maintain and monitor cost per enplanement or cost per departure statistics by airport and the impact of potential airport projects.
  • Evaluate capital project scope and delivery approach for projects on behalf of the Airline in coordination with appropriate internal teams.


4) Serve as the Airline’s representative for the Airport for all Administrative, Financial, and Planning Activities.

  • Communicate with internal departments on Airport's current and forecasted rates.
  • Coordinate with Finance, Airports and Operational Teams, Marketing, Communications, and Planning Teams.
  • Maintain records and perform financial analysis. Develop models as necessary.
  • Negotiate airport agreements for all airport support buildings and off airport real estate.
  • Serve as the Corporate liaison to airport/facility landlord within respective portfolio.
  • Work closely with commercial and operational departments to ensure adequate space is available to meet the plan.


5) Develop and lead relationships with local, state, and federal politicians to ensure Avelo is in good standing at its airports and can effect change if/where possible.


Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of finance, aviation/airline management or related experience.
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of real estate assets.
  • Contracting or related experience with contract negotiations and review of contract language.
  • Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process
  • Knowledge of financial analysis and modeling including knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data
  • Ability to understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Skilled in identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning and resource allocation.
  • Skilled in translating detailed information into high-level overview.
  • Ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information.
  • Conduct in-person, video, and audio meetings as necessary for procedure updates, problem solving, and reporting.
  • Large group presentations to high impact audiences. 
  • Balancing and sequencing multiple objectives.
  • Working under pressure while meeting deadlines.
  • Up to 50% travel to airports.


May perform other responsibilities as assigned. Responsibilities and duties may change when circumstances dictate. (e.g., emergencies, changes in workload, rush jobs or technical developments)

  

Avelo is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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