October 2021 Publisher’s Message

Katie Bliss - Publisher - Metropolitan Airport News
Katie Bliss, Publisher

It’s such a beautiful time of year to get out of the house and enjoy all that this region has to offer, it’s also a very busy time of year for many of us. I’m not sure about you, but my event calendar is quickly filling up! 

I have noticed that many of the in person events we enjoyed pre-COVID are returning to the airports, and our industry is quickly getting back to business with networking and social activities. I am also noticing less talk about COVID fatigue and more discussions about how positive the future is looking. 

While some events still make sense to be virtual (I’m looking at you 9 A.M. conference calls), I believe the outlook is cautiously optimistic for a pathway to a return to “normal”. Zoom lunch meetings aren’t quite as enjoyable as sitting at a table and truly getting to know the person in front of you.

Our airports are coming back to life, that empty lonely feeling from 2020 is slowly going away. We have positive news of airlines adding new routes, travelers coming back in droves, cargo busting at the seams, infrastructure improvements, and employees returning to work. The one thing that never changed was the overwhelming generosity of the airport community and its airline partners. 

This month’s featured article In the Spirit of Giving, written by Julia Lauria-Blum, focuses on aviation non-profit programs created to support local causes that are close to all of our hearts. A great example is the recent Delta Air Lines “Wings of Hope” golf outing. The team at Delta partnered with the American Cancer Society raising close to $500,000 to help in their fight against the disease.

There are many reasons these companies and organizations give so generously. Perhaps it makes good business sense, or a particular cause resonates with its employees. Whatever the reason you can find an organization that is important to you, and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to get involved. There are many local groups that can benefit from your time and talents. 

In whatever capacity you are comfortable giving, I hope you will consider becoming aligned with a group that needs you. It’s good for the soul and can be a life changing experience for you and for those who benefit from your gifts. Whatever your interests or passions, your airport community has an organization that will fit your needs, and is ready to welcome you with open arms. 

If you need help finding an organization to join, or a meeting or event that is right for you, visit our online events calendar and take a look at our online calendar.

Happy Fall, enjoy natures beauty, get involved, and I’ll see you around the airports!

Kathryn Bliss has a strong background in Information Technology, Data Management, and Human Resources. Ms. Bliss has more than 22 years of professional management experience with Chase Bank, where she was a officer and manager. Her expertise focused on developing and analyzing data to assess the current and historical business environment and trends, regulatory requirements, and identify risks and errors. In addition, she managed a staff of Information Analysts as well as projects internal and external to the bank. Kathryn also is the owner and manager of Cypress Kings Inc., a specialized maintenance services company. She graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Information Management.

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