Alaska Airlines names VP of airport operations

Alaska Airlines´ board of directors has elected Wayne Newton as vice president of airport operations and customer service, the airline said.

In his new role, Newton will oversee airport operations in 84 cities and a team of more than 2,700 employees and contractors. He replaces Jeff Butler, who is now Alaska Airlines´ VP of guest and inflight services – Virgin America.

Newton joined Alaska Airlines in 1988 as a ramp service agent. For the past two years, he served as managing director of airport operations in Seattle. He earned a bachelor´s degree in political science from the University of Washington and holds a private pilot´s license.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, customers can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).