- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Jesse Romo, the director of aviation for the Kansas Department of Transportation, will become the director of the Manhattan Regional Airport next month.

Manhattan officials announced Thursday that Romo will replace Peter VanKuren on April 27.

VanKuren oversaw a period of growth at the Manhattan airport, which served more than 125,000 passengers last year while providing twice-daily flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare airports. The airport also recently completed the first of a two-phase terminal expansion.

Romo has worked for the state since 2006. He has a master’s degree in business administration in aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Romo is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives and is a commercial pilot.

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