2018 New SVO Board Member: John Aitken

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Name: John Aitken

Company: Mineta San José International Airport (SJC)

John Aitken was appointed as the Director of Aviation for Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) in August 2017. An accredited aviation professional with 26 years of experience, Aitken served as Interim Director of Aviation, following the departure of then-Director Kim Becker in late March.

Prior to that, he served as SJC’s Assistant Director of Aviation, a role in which he oversaw administrative functions as well as the five Airport divisions: operations, facilities, finance, planning and development, and business development.

John has been with SJC since 1993. Since that time, he played a key role on the management team in designing, building and operating the Airport’s $1.3B modernization of two terminals completed in 2010.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Florida Institute of Technology, and an MBA in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University based in Daytona Beach, Florida.  John is also an accredited airport executive through the American Association of Airport Executives.  He is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration both as a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor in single- and multi-engine instrument aircraft.

"SJC has enjoyed the relationship with the SVO team and member companies, and look forward to continuing the partnership to bring new airlines and flights to the Silicon Valley traveling public."