Okaloosa airports director to leave for Pensacola (DOCUMENT)

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 04:06 PM.

“It’s a very important position and we begin immediately the advertising,” Curry said.

Donovan said he has cultivated many strong business relationships in the past five years and hopes those will continue in his new position.

He said all the airports in Northwest Florida waste a lot of resources trying to persuade customers to fly in to or out of one airport over another when those funds could be used more constructively to bring more people to the region.

“The true approach toward regionalism is to help each other when we can,” Donovan said. “There’s always been a level of competition between Pensacola and VPS and all the other airports in the region. But I’ve got a pretty unique perspective now, having worked at both Pensacola and VPS and now back to Pensacola. My goal is to be able to unite and bring some further steps forward in diplomacy and working together. There will be opportunities, I think, where the airports could collaborate further.”

Contact Daily News Business Editor Dusty Ricketts at 850-315-4448 or dricketts@nwfdailynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustyRnwfdn.

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