As Director of Aviation, Mr. Meikle is the Chief Executive Officer for the aviation system in Fresno, California which includes Fresno Yosemite International (FAT) and Fresno Chandler Executive (FCH) airports. FAT is a small hub airport served by 10 branded airlines including two international carriers. FAT topped 1,443,000 total passengers in 2014 and has enjoyed over 19% growth since 2010. FCH is the largest general aviation airport in the central San Joaquin Valley of California and serves as a reliever to FAT.
Mr. Meikle has served Fresno airports for 13 years. Over that time FAT has enjoyed record growth since the recession, the initiation and sustained growth of international air service, implementation of a facility-wide airline shared use platform, and $250 million of Capital work including facility modernization, a consolidated rental car facility, runways and taxiways, and an on-going residential noise mitigation program.
Mr. Meikle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a licensed architect. Mr. Meikle is also an instrument rated pilot and has been flying for 28 years.
I have always had a passion for aviation and am an instrument rated pilot. That passion, combined with my capital development background led me to the Fresno airport system in 2002. My initial responsibility was for all planning, environmental, and capital development work at both Fresno Yosemite (FAT) and our reliever airport, Fresno Chandler Executive Airport (FCH). In my current role as Director of Aviation, I am now responsible for all airport functions at both FAT and FCH. This includes operations, public safety, property management, airport finance, and capital programs. I develop strategic goals and work with all staff to ensure those goals are met. As one of many City of Fresno departments, a significant amount of time is spent educating elected officials and City administration on how airports function, and managing indirect airport functions associated with the governance structure of the City of Fresno. All of my efforts are keyed into ensuring that both FAT and FCH continue to viable airports and grow."