Updated March 24 at 12:29am

Dillon resigns as RIAC president


(Updated, 11:30 a.m.)

WARWICK – Kevin A. Dillon, president of the R.I. Airport Corporation since 2008, is stepping down to take a leadership role at another airport authority, he said Tuesday.

Dillon has not named his future employer, but said he will be executive director there. His resignation will be effective in July 13.

Dillon cited a new challenge and opportunity to be closer to family.

“I have certainly enjoyed my time in RI and in the period I have been here,” Dillon said. “On a personal level, this will put me closer to my family, including my three daughters.”

At RIAC, Dillon was in charge of T.F. Green Airport and five smaller airports. His tenure was marked by tense negotiations and ultimately an agreement to extend the runways at T.F. Green.

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian spent considerable time negotiating with Dillon over the Green expansion.

“Kevin Dillon has served the Rhode Island Airport Corporation with distinction,” Avedisian said in a prepared statement.

“There is always an odd relationship between the CEO of an airport and the mayor of the host city,” added Avedisian. “Nevertheless, we have worked hard to make it a relationship founded on trust and rooted in finding a mutual benefit for the City and the Airport Corporation.”


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From an airport that claims they need a longer runway to support non-stop departures to the west coast, to an airport that has the longer runway and canceled its non-stops to the west coast due to lack of passenger demand.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | Report this

One really interesting point: Mr. Dillon will be directly competing with RIAC in his new role as Ex Dir of the Connecticut Airport Authority -- a new quasi public that includes Bradley International and New London/Groton airport. Bradley tries to entice airlines to fly non-stop to California from its 9,500 foot runway as well as set up flights to Europe. Both initiatives have failed in the past.

One of the major reasons for bringing him to Bradley is its plan to build a new terminal ($$$$$$$) to entice airlines to fly to both California and Europe. Does that idea of build it and they will come sound familiar?

Normally when an employee breaks a contract with his employer (as Mr. Dilllon will be doing), he promises to sign a non-compete agreement. I wonder who on the RIAC board will address that issue?

It is interesting to note that Groton/New London has from time to time competed directly with Green. All flights at Groton compete directly with Green or Westerly. Although there are none now, any move that Mr. Dillon makes at Groton will be in direct passenger service competition with Green and possibly Westerly.

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