EWN Airport Director, Andrew Shorter, Receives 2020 Airport Professional of the Year Award from the American Association of Airport Executives, Southeast Chapter
Originally, Shorter was to receive the award on March 31, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas, but plans changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SEC AAAE award winner recognition is for examples of outstanding contributions in the business of aviation.
Shorter began the award period working on clean up and recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence, which inundated the general aviation side of the airport with flood waters as high as 40 inches and ended the award period coordinating an air bridge to potentially airlift up to 700 victims from their Outer Banks homes during another hurricane.
In between these natural disasters, the Airport Director was instrumental in the following accomplishments:
- Served as panelist for the North Carolina Division of Aviation’s strategic planning initiative, “Envisioning our Future, Aligning for Impact”
- Member of the State’s Strategic Transportation Initiative (STI) aviation working group
- Became a member of the Craven County transportation plan working group
- Launched his airport into two major business initiatives
- Delivered the keynote speech for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremonies at the North Carolina History Center
- Served as Vice President and Annual Concrete Committee Chairman of the North Carolina Airports Association
- Oversaw eighteen capital projects at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport last year
Mr. Shorter first came to EWN in 2014 as Deputy Director before his promotion to Airport Director in 2016. Before joining EWN, he held a storied military career highlighted by Chief, Joint Training, Readiness Exercises US European Command, Commanding Officer, Marine Air Group 14 and Director of Operations, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Cherry Point, NC.
The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives has 450 members from 12 States, District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport-EWN serves Eastern North Carolina with non-stop flights to Charlotte and Atlanta with worldwide connections through American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.