Christina Cassotis

Allegheny County Airport Authority

Christina Cassotis was hired as CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which operates Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, in January 2015. During that time, Pittsburgh International Airport has experienced a 100 percent increase in nonstop destinations served and three straight years of record passenger traffic growth. The airport was named Air Transport World’s 2017 Airport of the Year and Regional Airport of the Year by the CAPA Centre for Aviation.

For her role in leading the airport’s dramatic turnaround, along with a $1.1 billion Terminal Modernization Program, Ms. Cassotis received the 2017 Excellence in Visionary Leadership Award from Airports Council International – North America, and was named the 2017 Director of the Year for medium size airports by Airport Revenue News.

Ms. Cassotis began her career in commercial aviation working for the Massachusetts Port Authority which operates Boston Logan International Airport. She went on to serve as Managing Officer for Airport Services for ICF-SH&E, leading a global team of aviation consultants.

A frequent speaker at national and international aviation events, Ms. Cassotis holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from the University of Massachusetts.

With airport staff and a team of regional partners, she continues to transform Pittsburgh’s airports to reflect and serve the community, inspire the industry, and advance the region’s role as a world leader.

Session: Incorporating A Culture of Innovation