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Stillwater Regional Airport staff visited the Oklahoma State Capitol to showcase a booth at the AERO Oklahoma Aviation & Aerospace Advocacy Day. From Stillwater to the World Since Stillwater Regional Airport’s American Airlines service began in August 2016, it has made a number of impressive achievements: 22 FEBRUARY 2017: Team Stillwater won American Airlines’ Customer Cup for the fourth quarter of 2016. MAY 2017: Johnson retired in September 2018. This paved the way for Paul Priegel, who served as Honored with the 2017 Oklahoma Airport Operators Association Airport of the Year and Airport Manager of the Year awards. 23 the assistant director under Johnson’s lead- ership, to succeed him as the new director. Airport Director Gary Johnson and Operations Chief David Lyons were hon- “Gary is an institution in and of himself,” Priegel said. “There are not many people ored with the Partnership Award from Team Oklahoma of the Transportation Security M AY 2017: in this industry who have more experience Administration. Named the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2017 Oklahoma than Gary. He seems to know just about everyone in aviation—local, state Regional Airport of the Year. JUNE 2018: and federal—and he has been Added a third round-trip fl ight to Dallas Fort Worth International working hard to help me make Airport on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. JULY 2018: those connections, too.” SWO surpassed 100,000 American Airlines passengers. “Seeing our community’s airport reach these Airlines, Oklahoma State University, When refl ecting upon nearly 50 years in aviation, Johnson said his last 32 have been the proudest. milestones is very special,” Mayor Will Joyce the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce said. “It’s incredible to see what this service and Visit Stillwater for their eff orts to pro- “It has been an incredible opportunity to serve mote Stillwater’s airline service. the Stillwater Regional Airport Authority, provides for our city. I want to recognize and say thank you for the hard work our partners and team members at Stillwater Regional Airport and American Airlines have put in the past two years.” “Our business community is a signifi cant factor in why our airport is a success,” McNickle said. “We want to encourage more people and busi- nesses to take advantage of the convenience On August 24, 2018, the airport marked and ease Stillwater’s airport provides.” its 100,000th passenger with a partner- In addition to the airport’s celebrating its ship appreciation celebration. City Man- ager Norman McNickle thanked American 2-year anniversary, longtime director Gary the mayors and city councilors, city manage- ment and the citizens of our community,” he said. “I am confi dent the airport leadership is in great hands and Stillwater will continue to grow and prosper. I certainly wish Paul and the airport team the best in the years ahead. FEBRUARY 2018: