Airport Improvement Podcasts

Airport Improvement podcasts are a great way to hear first-hand from the people who are doing exciting things in the aviation and travel industries. We try to find quality, non-promotional podcasts from a variety of guests who share their meaningful - yet entertaining - stories, opinions and insights.

Feel free to browse our current library below and listen to any of the free podcasts.  Stop back often as many new podcasts will be available soon!


Airport Chatter with Jonathan Norman (feat. Rupen Singh Philloura)

Rupen Singh Philloura is the AOCC Director at MIA.

I’m excited to introduce this new Airport Chatter episode, which for the first time ever, we go LIVE at Miami International Airport with my good friend Rupen Singh Philloura, who is the AOCC Director at MIA.

Airport Chatter with Jonathan Norman (feat. Lance Lyttle)

Lance Lyttle, Managing Director Aviation at the Port of Seattle

Welcome guys to a new episode of our Airport Chatter Podcast powered by Airport Improvement Group!

How good is this interview? Well, let me tell you that after we stopped the recording, we kept talking with Lance for another 10 minutes… Is that good enough?

Lance Lyttle is one of a kind in our industry. Double Bachelors and Masters on Physics and Computer Science, and more than 20 years of executive experience at ONLY mega hub airports!! (Atlanta, Houston, and Seattle).

Airport Chatter with Jonathan Norman (feat. Brian D'Amico)

Brian D’Amico from San Diego International Airport

Join me for this first episode introducing Brian D'Amico one of the magicians at San Diego International Airport who developed along with his team a new air network development strategy for the airport post Covid19. We´ll have the chance to have a 1on1 encounter with an active participant and network developer of a major US airport. We´ll talk about past experience, old business model against new post covid19 passenger paradigm, and how to survive in this new era of uncertainties.

Future Aviation Trends

Paul Papadimitriou

On this episode, we talk with Paul Papadimitriou about a wide range of future pointing topics. We start off talking about how aviation companies are innovating, which airlines are shaking up the industry, and finish up talking about which countries are building models for future airports.

Are We Starting an Airline?

Stacy Cannon

On this episode, we try to give you an insight into the conversation that happens when people think about starting a company - specifically a regional airline company. Joining us for the conversation is Stacy Cannon, a former regional airline president who is using data and innovation to think about the future of airline travel. We talk a little bit about her experience over the past year running an airline right before and then throughout bankruptcy. But we really dive into how she would start a regional airline company and how it would operate, if she could take what she knew now and start over. 

Should Airlines Get Back Into Hotels

Shashank Nigam, Founder & CEO of SimpliFlying

On this episode, we talk Shashank Nigam, Founder & CEO of SimpliFlying. Rather than our typical interview style, Shashank and I have a conversation that is more likely to be heard at a conference happy hour, rather than on conference stage. Our conversation circles around a hypothetical situation of an airline merging with a hotel chain and what each could bring to the table. However, we don't just leave it at an unnamed hotel chain - we're talking specifically about Airbnb (arguably the biggest hotel chain). We talk about which airlines would be a good match for an Airbnb partner, as well as end with our top pick.

Designing Airports Past the ADA

Peter Slatin, founder of the Slatin Group

This is bit little different type of episode. Rather than the typical interview we’ve done with industry leaders and innovators, I invited Peter Slatin, founder of the Slatin Group, and Scott Gorence, an airport architect at Corgan, to discuss airport design specifically related to passengers with physical disabilities.

Growing Airport DBEs

Krystal Brumfield, the CEO of the Airport Minority Advisory Council

On this episode we’re talking with Krystal Brumfield, the CEO of the Airport Minority Advisory Council - or otherwise known as AMAC. We wrap up our conversation by talking about the role of industry organizations today and how they may be more relevant than ever.

Getting Connected at the Airport

Dawn Callahan - the CMO of Boingo

On this episode, we talk with Dawn Callahan - the CMO of Boingo. During our conversation, we talk about the history of Boingo and how they got into the business of airport wifi. We also talk about how they are working through aging infrastructure and growing traveler demands. Finally we wrap up talking about the future of airport connectivity and how they are preparing for the "always connected" traveler.

The Future of Airports

Mario Rodriguez

On this episode, we talk with Mario Rodriguez, who’s the Executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.

During the conversation, we talk about the future of airports and what directors should be doing to better position their airports as the doorway to their cities. We also talk about the adoption of new technology at airports and how airports can build a culture that’s not afraid to fail.

Starting a Technology Company in Aviation

Kerry Frank

On this episode of the Runway.VC podcast, we talk with Kerry Frank, the Founder and CEO of Comply 365 - a software company responsible for bringing airlines into the mobile age.

Kerry and I talk about a number of different including: how she started a company in the industry with zero aviation or technical experience, the journey she wen through with her family and how they dealt with the struggles and celebrated the successes, and how she grew a business from only a few people to over 60 employees that works with 70% of the North American airlines.

Bringing AI into Security

Evolv Technologies

On this episode, we host Brendan McCord and Chris McLaughlin from Evolv Technologies - a startup that is bringing Artificial Intelligence into airport security.

Lyft’s Aviation Journey & Future of Ridesharing at Airports

Baraki Brock is a Senior Director of Business Operations and Airports Policy Manager at Lyft.

Baraki Brock is a Senior Director of Business Operations and Airports Policy Manager at Lyft.

On this episode, we talk with Baraki about the history Lyft has had working with airports, its rocky start, and how he and the rest of his team is working to not only improve their relationships, but also help airports position themselves for the future. Baraki goes into detail about the process Lyft goes through before they offer service to an airport, as well as some of the roadblocks they face and simple solutions to over come them.

AAAE’s Push for Airport Innovation

Chris Runde is the Director of the AAAE Airport Innovation Accelerator

Chris Runde is the Director of the AAAE Airport Innovation Accelerator, an accelerator program designed to connect aviation related startup companies with airports and other industry organizations.

In this episode, we talk with Chris about how airports are adapting to the evolving industry and more connected passengers. We also talk why airports are historically slow to adapt and what holds them back. He goes into detail about the qualities certain airports have that make them more prepare for change then others.

Starting Up GLO Airlines

Trey Fayard, the CEO and Founder of GLO Airlines

This episode is the first part of a 2 part series featuring Trey Fayard, the CEO and Founder of GLO Airlines. Part 1 features the audio from a presentation Trey gave to the Loyola Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development’s Innovation Speaker Series. During the presentation, Trey talks about founding GLO, the state of current operations, and the trials and tribulations he's faced through an airline startup.

Interview w/ GLO CEO (pt2)

Trey Fayard, the CEO and Founder of GLO Airlines

This is part 2 of the 2 part series with the Founder & CEO of GLO Airlines. In this episode, we sit down with Trey and learn about his motivation for starting a regional airline and the journey he has been on over the past few years, including the time he didn't think he was ever going to take off. He also talks about challenges he never expected and why he's not worried about the big airlines putting him out of business.

Investing in the Future of Aviation

Van Espahbodi

Van Espahbodi is a partner and co-founder of Starburst Accelerator, a business development, a startup incubator dedicated to technology in aerospace where leaders gather to decide the future of aviation.

The Future of GA Aircraft

AVX Aircraft

On this episode we’d talk to Dave Brody and Charlie Johnson, 2 industry experts turned disruptors. Dave is the current founder and Chairman of a new company XTI Aircraft and Charlie is currently serving as the company’s CEO. Both have extensive experience leading the industry, Dave as the former founder of another aviation company called AVX Aircraft and Charlie as the former president & COO of Cessna.

The Future of Diversity

Benét Wilson

Benét Wilson is an aviation travel journalist and the Air Travel Expert for and contributing writer for the Runway Girl Network.

During this episode, we talk about her experiences as a woman covering the aviation industry, as well as what it means for a company today to be diverse. We go beyond the importance of “filling a quota” and dive into the benefits of bringing a different view to a project. Finally, we go social with social media and how it’s going to impact the future of the industry.

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