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Updated: November 3, 2023

Bangor International Airport hires director with extensive experience at regional airports

The Bangor City Council has appointed Jose F. Saavedra as the next director of the Bangor International Airport.

Saavedra replaces longtime director Tony Caruso, who retired earlier this year. Caruso had led the airport since 2012.

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Jose Saavedra

“I am looking forward to joining the BGR team and using my previous experience to help strategically plan for the future,” said Saavedra. “The airport has an excellent reputation in the industry and is an asset to both the region and the state.

Saavedra currently serves as the director of industry programs for the American Association of Airport Executives in Alexandria, Va. 

Saavedra has spent his career in the aviation industry, holding positions at Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Ill.; Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Grand Forks International Airport in Grand Forks, N.D.; Midland International Air & Space Port in Midland, Texas; and Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville, N.C.

“Jose’s extensive and varied aviation background will be a great fit to lead our operation at Bangor International Airport,” said Debbie Laurie, Bangor's city manager. “The airport has several improvement projects coming up, and we are confident that Jose’s background in airport operations will benefit the current airport staff in continuing to provide the best customer experience possible while also growing BGR’s other business segments.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in airport management from the University of North Dakota, and his master’s degree from Western Carolina University in innovation leadership and entrepreneurship.

Bangor International Airport is served by Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. BGR is an enterprise-funded entity operated by the city of Bangor and is supported solely through airport-generated revenue. It is a leader in transatlantic tech stops, as well as a strategically important location for the U.S. military.

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