Seifers named airport ops manager
Eagle County has tapped Ovid Seifers, from the Kansas City International Airport, as its new airport operations manager.
Seifers, 56, who has 30 years experience with the Kansas City airport, fills a vacancy left by the departure of Kenny Maena in January. In May, Airport Manager Mark Davidson also departed. He had filled the vacancy left by the departure of former manager Eddie Storer six months earlier.
Seifers will oversee an expansion of the Eagle County Regional Airport that includes customs service for international flights, construction of a new $1.5 million airport traffic control tower, a new taxiway and airfield lighting and expanded fueling operations.
“Ovid is perfectly suited for the intense growth period we are in at Eagle County Airport,” said Jack Ingstad, county administrator. “He has experience with every project under way and in our sights.”
Seifers said Kansas City was offering early retirement incentives that he took, but that he still wanted to remain in the airport business.
“My wife and I like the mountains and the dry air and we like being out of the hustle and bustle,” he said. “Eagle has been a delightful community and everyone has been polite and courteous.”
At Kansas City, Seifers was the senior project manager for airfield and non-airfield projects that included construction of a new customs facility, airport communications and new aircraft firefighting facility. From 1993 to 1997, he was the airports maintenance and operations manager.
Last year, more than 170,000 commercial airline passengers came to the county through the Eagle County airport. Economic studies indicate the airport and related activity contributes nearly 6,200 jobs to the county economy.
Earlier this week, and for the first time, direct summer flights to the Eagle County Airport from Dallas-Ft. Worth were initiated by American Airlines.
Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555 ext 450 or email@example.com