In 2005, Abe Weber began an internship at the Outagamie County Regional Airport. Now, he's running the show.
"It's been a great experience for me. I got to learn really all the facets of aviation throughout the last eight years."
His new role will allow him to expand the airport's operations, but don't expect new destinations to pop up overnight. The airport has a master plan in place, and Weber plans on sticking to that.
"There's a number of research initiatives that go into going out, and looking at, and selecting where we're going to look for air service."
Weber says his main goal will be to convince more local community members to use the airport.
"This airport is an economic driver of the community, so we'd like to ask the community to return the favor and help support this airport," he sad.
But with numerous large airports within driving distance, Weber will have to stay competitive and rely on convenience. Cary Henninger took the direct flight to Atlanta this afternoon, something he does roughly four times a year.
"I could drive down to Milwaukee and fly out, but it's just not as convenient," he said. "I'm 15 minutes away so this works out well."
Henninger says he's happy with the airport now, and that new additions or destinations would simply be a bonus.
"New destinations are always an option or an opportunity to make it more convenient. But I've been happy with the renovations that they've done in the last couple years, and pleased with the options that they provide today."
And that community approval is what Weber hopes to maintain.
Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson announced the hire this morning, and the move will become official on September 24th.
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