Dallas Appoints Patrick Carreno as New Aviation Director, Eyes Forward Momentum

As the interim director steps into the role of director of aviation, he officially takes charge of Dallas Love Field, Dallas Executive Airport, and the Dallas Vertiport.

The city of Dallas welcomes a familiar face to its top aviation seat. Patrick Carreno, once the assistant director of operations and, most recently, interim director, now steps into the role of director of aviation, set to take charge of Dallas Love Field, Dallas Executive Airport, and the Dallas Vertiport.

“I’m honored to be given this opportunity to serve as director for the Department of Aviation,” Carreno said in a statement. “I’m excited to be a part of the dynamic leadership team assembled here, and I am committed to continuing the advancement of the department’s key priorities.”

The city said that under Carreno’s interim leadership, Dallas Love Field renewed its Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation by meeting stringent carbon management strategies and engaging its partners in carbon footprint measurements.

Dallas Love Field also advanced an exclusive partnership with Dallas-based JetWind Power Corp. and joined the Hidden Disabilities Program. The city said that the combination of those initiatives drives the airport’s safety, sustainability, and inclusivity efforts to position the department at the top of the aviation industry.

Since joining the city in December 2021, Carreno has overseen airport security, airside operations, and landside operations, including terminal operations and passenger support, ground transportation, emergency management, transportation regulation, and the Airport Operations Center divisions.

Before joining the city of Dallas, Carreno was a vice president for Allegheny County Airport Authority where he was responsible for oversight of airport operations, field maintenance, and security departments at Pittsburgh International Airport.

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