Kirksville Regional Airport’s new director Glenn Balliew began his new job last week.
Balliew retired from the U.S. Army after most recently working as a deputy assistant commander in Fort Rucker, Ala. He has worked in the private airline industry for more than five years.
One of the challenges that Balliew will face at the smaller airport is attracting private and corporate flights to Kirksville. Balliew said that the number of planes at the Kirksville airport has been cut in half over the years, and bringing in business is difficult.
“What I’m looking at is how do we increase revenue,” Balliew said. “I’m not sure that we can, but I have some ideas to try.”
Among the departments that Balliew’s hire will affect is the city’s Department of Tourism. Kirksville Tourism Director Debbie Boughton thinks Balliew is a great hire for the Kirksville area.
“He is very enthusiastic about helping Kirksville and keeping our airport very professional,” Boughton said.
Balliew succeeds former airport director David Hall, who died last April.