DOT&PF Names Cummings Bethel Airport Manager
(JUNEAU, Alaska) - The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) recently named Dave Cummings as Bethel Airport Manager, a newly created position.
Cummings has extensive aviation and airport experience, most recently as airport manager for King Salmon, Alaska. Prior to joining the DOT&PF, he worked for the air carrier Peninsula Airways and the U.S. Air Force.
"Bethel airport is one of the busiest airports in our state," said Christine Klein, Deputy Commissioner of Aviation with DOT&PF. "It is essential to all the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities, citizens, and businesses. This new position is very important to us, in supporting our hard working airport team and its customers as the airport continues to grow."
The State of Alaska owns and operates 256 airports in Alaska, and Bethel is the third busiest airport. Bethel serves as a passenger and cargo hub for 27 village airports within the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The airport recently opened a new parallel runway to accommodate the heavy air traffic. Aviation, as an industry, provides one in 10 jobs to the state and local economy.
"We are pleased Dave accepted the challenge and will begin his new duties December 15," Klein added.