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Posted at 4:05 PM ET, 04/ 7/2010

Area airports chief to retire

By Washington Post editors

James Bennett, president and chief executive of the region's airports authority, announced Wednesday that he will retire in May.

Bennett, 55, was only the second chief executive in the 24-year history of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

He presided over a period of huge expansion to accommodate increasing passenger volume at both, with new terminals and runways and construction of a Metrorail extension to Dulles.

The airports authority board has not named an interim replacement.

-- Lisa Rein

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By Washington Post editors  | April 7, 2010; 4:05 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport  
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Thank goodness. His leadership has been awful. The new Dulles plan was slow and the result awful from a user perspective. The handling of the airports this Winter was a sign of poor leadership. The authority needs a leader who will be service centric, see the service from the traveler's perspective, and operate in a safe manner.

Posted by: spike8466 | April 7, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I believe Spike has an axe to grind. The Dulles experience has been greatly enhanced by Jim's leadership. Not sure how fast Spike thinks the large amount of snow should be gone after a snow storm like we had.

The Airports have had two very strong leaders. To have growth things need to change. With change comes growing pains come at every corner.

Posted by: workingstiff2 | April 8, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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