Jerry Spampanato is the General Manager, John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Aviation Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In his capacity as General Manager, he is responsible for operating the airport on a day-to-day basis; managing and directing the activities of 500 staff within an annual budget of $300 million.
An Airline and Port Authority executive with extensive years of experience, Jerry assumed responsibilities in a variety of diverse roles including operations, customer service, maintenance, security, cargo, facilities and labor relations just to name a few. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Jerry held key airline executive positions. In addition to managing airports in the Caribbean, U. S. Northeast and Southeast regions, he was the key architect in the development and construction of cargo and terminal facilities. He also orchestrated the buildup of flight operations in New York and Miami to major hub status.
Jerry began his career with the Port Authority in 1992 where he managed Terminal One and supervised the operation of Carrier Operations. In 1994, he became Manager, Airport Maintenance Services Division at JFK, and later received promotions to Manager, Landside & Security Operations, Deputy General Manager and now his current position as General Manager of JFK.
As General Manager, Jerry enjoys his daily interface with airlines, airport tenants, federal agencies and surrounding local communities. Jerry continues to be involved with many of the major JFK projects where he utilizes his airline/airport knowledge as a positive enhancement to the overall process.
He is an active member of the JFK Chamber of Commerce, Queens Counsel of Boy Scouts of America, Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Guild, East Meadow Kiwanis and serves on the Board of Directors for the School Sisters of Notre Dame and York College.