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Chad Makovsky

Chad R. Makovsky, A.A.E.
Aviation Director

Chad Makovsky was named City of Phoenix Aviation Director in March 2021. He provides executive leadership and strategic direction for the Phoenix system of airports, including Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT), and Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR). In his role, Chad leads one of America’s largest airports with 24 airlines providing nonstop service to more than 140 destinations across North America and Europe. Chad returned to Phoenix after serving as the Executive Vice President of Operations at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Prior to DFW Airport, Chad held a variety of roles with the City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Burbank Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and America West Airlines over his 34-year professional career.

Chad is an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives and serves on their Board of Directors as well as their International Board (IAAE). He also serves on the Board of Directors for Airports Council International – North America, and on the Airport Oversight Committee for the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP).  He also serves on several state, regional, and local boards including the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, the Arizona Governor’s Tourism Advisory Council, and the Arizona Humane Society. He holds a Private Pilot’s License, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Operations from St. Cloud State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

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