John Hayes of New Tripoli Financial institution nominated to succeed Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk as chairman of airport board

John Hayes, govt vp of New Tripoli Financial institution, has been nominated to succeed Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk as chairman of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

Hayes is vice chairman of the board of governors. Tuerk stated final yr after successful the mayor’s job that he could be giving up the publish. The board of governors oversees the LNAA, which operates Lehigh Valley Worldwide Airport, Queen Metropolis Airport in Allentown and Braden Airpark in Forks Township.

Hayes is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College and the Stonier Graduate Faculty of Banking. In February, New Tripoli Financial institution introduced that Hayes would step up from his posts as govt vp and chief lending officer to be chief govt officer as of June 30 and be chargeable for all day by day operations of the financial institution.

Glenn Reibman, a former Northampton County Government, is the candidate to be vice chairman, and Justin Grimshaw, an assistant enterprise supervisor with the IBEW Native 375 in Allentown is in line to be secretary/treasurer.

The LNAA board will vote subsequent month on the nominees.

“I’ll ask that the complete board settle for the slate” of candidates proposed by the LNAA nominating committee.

LNAA Government Director Thomas Stoudt stated LVIA continues to bounce again from the COVID-19 pandemic. February was “typically” an excellent month for visitors on the airport. To date in March, LVIA is doing higher than the nationwide common for passengers.

“Nationally, we’re seeing TSA’s passenger-traffic quantity by way of checkpoints down about 13% versus March 2019,” he stated, whereas the native airport is down simply 2%. March 2019 is used because the benchmark for comparisons as a result of it predates the pandemic, which led to government-imposed shutdowns in 2020.

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“We’re seeing quite a lot of seats in our market coming again to these 2019 ranges,” Stoudt stated.

Todd Quann, director of finance and administration, stated LVIA is recovering sooner than peer airports that serve cities together with Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre. LVIA served 53,000 passengers in February, he stated.