The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is pleased to announce that John Parrott, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Manager, has been presented the Airport Executive of the Year award by the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. The award is given to the airport management professional who has demonstrated superior performance in all areas of their position.

Mr. Parrott has been with the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport since 1998, taking over the Airport Manager’s position in 2008. He has been critical in progress at the airport, leading the effort to brand the Alaska International Airport System as the world’s “Aeronexus”, highlighting its unique position to connect over 90% of the industrialized world.

“This award reinforces the tremendous impact John has on our international airport system.  He exemplifies optimism, mentorship, and leadership on a daily basis, and we are truly blessed to have people of his caliber serving the State of Alaska,” said Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner John Binder.

The Alaska International Airport System (AIAS) – comprised of Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports – is home to over 30 international and domestic airlines providing passenger and cargo service throughout Alaska, the United States, Europe, and Asia. AIAS is an extraordinary economic engine; serving nearly 6 million passengers per year and accounting for 1 in 10 jobs in Anchorage and 1 in 20 jobs in Fairbanks.

The American Association of Airport Executives is the world’s largest professional organization for airport executives. Its membership represents over 850 public use and general aviation airports across the U.S. The Northwest Chapter presented Mr. Parrott the Airport Executive of the Year award at their annual conference in Boise, Idaho. Only one award is given annually to commend an airport executive who has, among many other achievements: provided public service to the community, exercised good management practices, and demonstrated high personal integrity and personal professionalism.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.

Contact: Trudy Wassel, 907-266-2119 or

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