George Bush Intercontinental Airport
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Ted Kitchens is the General Manager for George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). He is responsible for the daily operations of Houston's largest airport and the development and implementation of its policies and procedures. In addition, he also coordinates the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the budget and expenditures for IAH.
Previously Ted served as the Houston Airport System's (HAS) Assistant Director - Planning and Development and was responsible for cost-effective, long-range planning of HAS' airfield, terminal and landside facilities to meet the region's air passenger, spaceport and cargo needs. He developed and maintained forecasts of aviation demand, lead master planning and defined and prioritized capital projects as input to the HAS Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
He is a 17-year veteran of the aviation industry with a background in both airport management and aviation consulting services. Ted joins the HAS from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia where he served as an Assistant Airport Director for 5 years. Prior to Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, Ted held various leadership roles within the Bureau of Planning and Development at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Ted holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Central Florida and a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida. He received his accreditation from the American Association of Airport Executives in 2010.
Ted's project experience ranges from facility planning and programming for multi-billion dollar capital developments such as the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal (MHJIT) to leading the creation of the first Sustainable Airport Master Plan under an FAA Pilot Program to leading various efforts to maximize non-aeronautical revenue generation. Ted is also active within the Airport Cooperative Research Program having chaired several national research panels.