VP of Dulles International Airport tapped as new executive director of Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

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Mike Stewart will return to Roanoke to be the executive director of Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. (Image courtesy of Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport).

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission has selected Mike Stewart as the next executive director for the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA).

Stewart will come to Roanoke from the Washington, D.C. area where he is currently the vice president and airport manager for Dulles International Airport (IAD).

He was selected through a national search process that started in January.

During the last 14 years, Stewart progressed through several leadership roles with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in administration and airline development.

In 2015, he was instrumental in positioning IAD to receive $50 million in grant funds to secure legacy carriers including the return of Air China’s nonstop service slated to begin this fall.

As manager of IAD, Stewart directed the airport’s response during operational challenges, including weather impacts, the diversion of 40 international flights when snow shut down New York’s JFK International Airport in 2018, as well as the pubic health challenges of Ebola and COVID-19, international travel restrictions, and the expansion and upgrades of airport facilities, including the construction of the Metrorail Silver Line facilities at Dulles.

Stewart is returning to Roanoke after 23 years outside of the market.

His early career included five years as a station manager and supervisor for Piedmont Airlines.

“It feels like I am coming home. My family and I have always loved this area which holds special significance as the birthplace of two of our four children. I am looking forward to working with the Roanoke-Blacksburg community to build the strong partnerships and support we need to attract new air service and maximize the economic impact of the airport on the region. Future growth requires collaboration as we strengthen our position as the airport of choice for Southwest Virginia and demonstrate the advantages of flying ROA not only to airlines but to the community at large.”

Mike Stewart, Incoming Executive Director at ROA

Stewart will begin his role at ROA on Oct. 4.

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