Lancaster Airport and its director received awards from the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives during its annual meeting in Hershey last week.
The airport was recognized as the Best Non-Aeronautical Business Development and Ed Foster, director, was awarded Airport Executive of the Year.
The Best Non-Aeronautical Business Development award is presented to an airport sponsor that makes a significant contribution to the betterment of their airport facility through unique, non-aeronautical business development efforts, a statement from the airport said.
Lancaster Airport showcased its improved economic viability through varied methods of revenue generation, unique financing and business community engagement, the statement said. The airport has been very creative in repurposing land that is not developable for aviation growth which allows an uninterrupted stream of revenue to continue regardless of aviation business trends.
Lancaster Airport Director Ed Foster was awarded Airport Executive of the Year. This award is presented to an executive member of the chapter who is in good standing and an accredited airport director, the airport said.
Foster. who has served as the airport director since January 2021, led the airport to its best year ever, financially, by leading the way with record aeronautical and non-aeronautical growth, the statement said.
With aircraft activity growth at an all-time high, Foster has elevated the airport to the third busiest airport in Pennsylvania and has acquired additional air carrier service routes for the community.