LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH) director, Mark Courtney, announced his retirement on Thursday.
His retirement will take effect on November 1, 2019.
Courtney began his position at LYH on March 1, 1999 following nearly eight years at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.
Courtney has directed the completion of numerous capital projects totaling nearly $55 million. Some projects include an extension to the main runway, a state police aviation facility, a general airport terminal, an Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting facility, the addition of a T-hangar complex, two corporate hangar facilities, and a new state-of-the-art air traffic control tower.
He was also successful in turning the airport around financially after starting his position with the airport facing a $720,000 operating deficit. The airport was finally able to become self-sufficient after 2015, finishing 2016 with a $205,000 surplus for the first time since the airport became an enterprise fund in 1997.
“It certainly has been a dynamic and rewarding experience leading Lynchburg Regional Airport over the last 20 years, and I will miss the many friends I have made throughout the aviation community,” Courtney said. “I appreciate the numerous opportunities I have had to serve the City of Lynchburg as airport director, and want to thank the Lynchburg Regional Airport Commission for its longtime support and counsel over the years. I especially want to express how proud I am of all of my airport team member for their professionalism and dedication to making LYH one of the finest small commercial service airports in the country.”