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CAA: Airport Marketing & Public Relations, "Los Angeles World Airports Appoints Mark A. Thorpe Director for Air Service Marketing Division"

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Los Angeles World Airports Appoints Mark A. Thorpe Director for Air Service
Marketing Division
Press Release

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has
announced the appointment of Mark A. Thorpe as director of Air Service

He will be responsible for air service development, marketing and related
advertising programs for LAWA's three commercial airports: Los Angeles
International (LAX), Ontario International (ONT), and Palmdale Regional
(PMD). LAWA is seeking to balance international and domestic air service at
LAX, increase service at ONT, and resume commercial flights at PMD. 

Thorpe also will be responsible for interpreting complex regulations related
to the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration; and
monitoring federal laws including bilateral treaties between the U.S. and
foreign nations.

"We are pleased to welcome a new director with significant aviation and
marketing experience to Los Angeles World Airports," said Philip Depoian,
LAWA Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs. "Mark's role is
important in LAWA's development and implementation of a strategic air
service marketing program tied to our long-established policy to regionalize
future demand for air passenger and cargo services." 

Thorpe previously worked as a management consultant and attorney for
airports, airlines and national governments at Leigh Fisher Associates,
Inc., and PA Consulting. In this capacity, he has assisted large hub
airports in developing new and increased nonstop air service in both
domestic and international markets. He assisted Atlanta Hartsfield
International Airport in developing an air service marketing strategy for
the West Africa region; the City of Philadelphia in establishing an air
service action plan for its international airport, in the event of an air
carrier insolvency; and United Parcel Service in its successful bid to gain
access to China. 

He also created computer simulation tools for the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) federal security directors at LAX and San Francisco
International Airport. TSA uses these tools to estimate optimal staffing
levels and to prepare checked-baggage security screening mitigation plans
during peak traffic periods in order to save millions of dollars in labor

Thorpe earned a B.A. degree in history from Arizona State University in
1995, as well as a juris doctorate and M.B.A. degrees in finance and
marketing from George Washington University in 1998. He is a member of the
Maryland State Bar Association. He is fluent in Spanish.

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