The Port Arthur News
Alex Rupp was appointed as the full-time airport director for the Jack Brooks Regional Airport at a meeting of the Jefferson County Commissioners Court on Monday.
Rupp has worked for the airport since 2006, and was appointed interim director in August 2011 when the previous director retired. Less than a year later, in July 2012, he was appointed again when the director resigned.
“I feel honored,” Rupp said of the appointment. “I’ve still got a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m glad the Commissioner’s Court supports me. I’ve got every employee behind me — they’re all great, they’re wonderful — and I hope we can guide the airport to bigger and better things.”
One could argue Rupp has already done just that in his seven years with the airport. Most notable is his work to restore commercial flight to Jack Brooks.
“We’re happy to have American back,” said Precinct 2 commissioner Brent Weaver. “Also, numerous (Federal Aviation Administration) grants have been fulfilled, and planning has been made for the development of property. There have also been improvements in the general aviation terminal.”
When the search for a new director began, Weaver knew he need look no further than Rupp.
“I didn’t see any reason to search for applicants and waste the county’s time and money when we had the best applicant here,” Weaver said. “Alex was hired based on his past performance and outstanding tenure. His actions speak to his ability to lead the airport in a successful direction.”
Rupp is currently collaborating with several organizations to further develop 100 acres of property surrounding the airport. He hopes to establish some attractions — such as a few restaurants or a hotel — that will continue to generate revenue for the airport.
“Having an airport is essental to any growing economy,” Rupp said. “Anything I can do that’s cost-efficient and business-friendly to help this airport, I’m going to do it.”