Washington Airport Management Association 

A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

What a year this has been!  And it’s only half over!  It just proves the old adage that one never knows what’s to come.

With so many businesses struggling, the aviation industry has been fortunate to be considered essential, allowing airports to continue operations, but as we all know, with restrictions placed on passenger travel, conferences and other events cancelling, and new distance rules in place, airlines, FBOs, and businesses that rely on airport operations and passengers have taken a big hit.

The trickle-down effect is that we are all impacted, including WAMA.  Events and tours that normally would have taken place have had to be cancelled or postponed.  The busiest time of the year is our preparation for the Annual Conference—usually April-June.  Instead of looking forward to greeting old friends and meeting new faces, WAMA spent the weeks leading up to the conference contacting scheduled attendees and issuing registration and sponsorship refunds or forwarding their funds to 2021. 

The airport tours that typically start in the spring are optimistically being scheduled for later in the year with the hopes that with careful social distancing, the visits can go on as planned.  Skagit is planned for August 28 and Pullman is scheduled for October 2, 2020.

Much of the usual committee work has been put on hold.  Check out latest WAMA newsletter for details on the work being done by committees.

Although the WAMA Conference for this year was cancelled, plans are in place for 2021 and 2022.  The 2021 conference will be held at Alderbrook Resort and Spa in Union, Washington along the Hood Canal on June 7-9.  We were able to work with Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop and reschedule that conference to June 6-8, 2022. 

Even though we will not be holding a regular WAMA conference this year, as a nonprofit organization, it is still necessary to hold an annual business meeting available to all of the members.  President Adam Phelps will be working to set up an electronic meeting that will allow all of our members to participate.

Humans do an amazing job at adapting during tough situations.  I want to thank all of the airport managers who have been able to continue operations with reduced staff, the consultants and contractors who have continued working on projects when able, and all of the support staff and others who have had to change the way they perform their jobs, whether working from home or adapting to a different working environment. 

It will get better.

Wishing you the best.

Marjy Leggett
Director@wama.us

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