Airports Worldwide President is CEO of the Year Honoree 

Sanford, FL, (May 22, 2017)– Larry Gouldthorpe, President of Airports Worldwide

(AWW) has been recognized as one of Central Florida’s Top CEOs by the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ). He received this honor at the OBJs annual CEO of the Year luncheon on May 19. Airports Worldwide has 22 years remaining on its concession agreement, which began in 1997, with the Sanford Airport Authority to manage and develop the commercial air service operation, including terminal management and cargo operations, at Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), which also serves as home to the company’s global headquarters. 

Mr. Gouldthorpe has more than 30 years of airport management experience and is responsible for the global operations of Airports Worldwide’s portfolio of 11 airport operations consisting of management contracts across the U.S. and airport ownership/concession agreements in Central America and Europe. He reports directly to the company’s Board of Directors and is accountable for capital investments, strategic planning, operational excellence, financial goals achievement and creation of shareholder value. 

“It’s nice to be recognized for working hard in an industry that I’ve always loved,” said Gouldthorpe, a native Floridian and a pilot. “We continue to provide the right strategic support to help best position great airport operations, such as Orlando Sanford International, which is home to our global headquarters.” 

At Orlando Sanford (SFB), Mr. Gouldthorpe and his team are recognized for nearly tripling airport passenger traffic from 1999 to 2016 as well as overseeing more than $70 million in private investment at the Airport through the years. Also, instrumental in securing Allegiant Air’s commitment to build a $24 million, 43,000-square-foot training facility in Sanford that is slated to open this summer. 

Airports Worldwide is a privately-held, multi-national company with a successful and proven track record of investments and operations in airports in the Americas and Europe. Today the major shareholder of Airports Worldwide is the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS). Airports Worldwide falls within OMERS’ Borealis Infrastructure which is a large global infrastructure investor focused on acquiring large-scale projects across a range of sub-sectors.

Airports Worldwide’s staff has been involved during the last 25 years in transactions globally, ranging from public-to-private partnerships to BOTs to freehold acquisitions. Through their leadership roles in the industry, Airports Worldwide's staff has also developed significant relationships with airlines, commercial providers (duty free, retail, food & beverage and car park operators), facility equipment and service providers, regulatory agencies, governments and advisors. These relationships enhance Airports Worldwide’s ability to rapidly grasp an airport’s requirements, develop an appropriate business plan and execute against it.

Airports Worldwide has equity/capital participation in: 

  • Belfast International Airport (BFS), Northern Ireland
  • Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), Liberia, Costa Rica 
  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), San José, Costa Rica 
  • Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), Florida 
  • Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO), Sweden

Additionally, the company owns TBI Airport Management which has operating and management contracts with the following U.S. airports: 

  • Atlantic City International Airport (ACY), New Jersey 
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), California 
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), North Carolina 
  • Macon Downtown Airport (MAC) & Middle Georgia Airport (MCN), Georgia

Airports Worldwide @ SFB
Michael Caires
T: 407-585-4500

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