Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel was the welcoming presenter at the 71st annual Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE) Summer Conference. Hosted by John Wayne Airport (JWA), the conference was held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa this past July. There were approximately 225 attendees, including airport directors, airport management and aviation industry professionals.
The SWAAAE Summer Conference received tremendous support from JWA partners through sponsorships and participation as exhibitors. Special thanks to Tier 1 sponsors ACI Jet, AECOM, Atlantic Aviation, Flagship Airport Services, LAZ Parking and Visit Anaheim.
SWAAAE’s purpose is to bring together all persons representing public use airports, as well as persons interested in and working for the benefit of aviation. It is at these conferences that aviation professionals come together to discuss the issues of the day, network and learn about their field. SWAAAE membership includes 106 commercial and general aviation member airports and municipalities, primarily from California, Arizona and Nevada. Southern California member airports include John Wayne Airport, Los Angeles World Airports (Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airport), San Diego International Airport and Long Beach Airport. Other notable airports in attendance included San Jose, San Francisco, Las Vegas McCarran and Phoenix Sky Harbor.