April, 2014

San José International Airport Announces New Appointment

San José International Airport Announces New Appointment

Singh will oversee the Airport’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) including planning and prioritization of capital projects, project programming to meet stakeholder needs, development and management of project budgets and implementation schedules, and stakeholder coordination during implementation. She will also be responsible for ensuring that all development complies with applicable FAA design standards, operating requirements, and administrative requirements. Singh will serve as the primary liaison between the Airport and the community of architectural, engineering, and environmental consultants to accomplish the CIP.

She is an architect with over 20 years of experience in planning and development, on a national and international scale in both the public and private sector. Most recently, Singh was the Planning Manager for the Department of Port Control, City of Cleveland, Ohio. In that role, she was responsible for planning and managing Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Burke Lakefront Airport (general aviation reliever) and the Division of Harbors to meet sustainability goals. Prior to her time in Cleveland, Singh was the Airports Project Manager for the City of Fresno, Calif.

Ms. Singh is a sought after international and national speaker on the environment and creating a sense of place at airports. She will replace Dave Maas, SJC’s Deputy Director of Aviation, Planning and Development, who will retire in June 2014. During Maas’s 23-year tenure at SJC, he has overseen numerous capital improvement projects, most notably constructing Terminal B and associated facilities completed in 2010, and the current Signature Flight Support development. Singh and Maas will work together over the coming weeks to achieve a smooth transition.

“We are pleased to welcome Meena and her many professional talents and experience to SJC’s senior leadership team,” said Director of Aviation Kim Becker Aguirre. “She will lead the Planning and Development team in overseeing completion of Signature San José, our newest fixed base operator, and other development projects that will enhance airport areas located south of the terminals.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the team at San José International,” Meenakshi said in a statement released by the airport. “This is an exciting time for both the airport and the Silicon Valley. There are many environmental, pavement, and building projects on the books that will add to the customer experience at SJC.”

Singh received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Marathwada Institute of Technology in India and a Master of Regional and City Planning degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

About Mineta San José International Airport

Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) is Silicon Valley’s airport, a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of San José. SJC served 8.8 million passengers in 2013, a 5.9 percent increase year-over-year, and was the second fastest growing medium hub airport in the US. SJC offers approximately 130 daily flights on 13 domestic and international carriers to 29 nonstop destinations.

SJC’s five-star customer service experience sets it apart from other Bay Area and US airports. Airlines and passengers respond positively to SJC’s customer amenities, including modern terminal buildings, free and fast WiFi, comfortable seating with built-in power outlets, a luxurious VIP lounge that is open to all travelers, and a rental car center conveniently located across from the terminals. Silicon Valley’s airport is located in San José, California’s third largest city and the nation’s tenth largest city. For more airport information, visit www.flysanjose.com.

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