Williams steps down as Bishop Airport director

FLINT — After five years at the helm, the director of Bishop International Airport has resigned.

According to a press release, Craig Williams resigned last week “to pursue other professional opportunities.”

“We want to publicly acknowledge Mr. Williams for all he has done for our airport, community and the Authority staff. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” the Airport Authority Board wrote in the press release.

Williams’ tenure at Bishop began in 2014 when he was chosen from a field of 30 candidates to replace longtime airport director James Rice. Williams previously worked in Indiana as director of operations and facilities for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority.

The airport had its ups and downs under Williams, with passenger traffic falling by 2018 to fewer than 400,000 departures for the first time in 16 years. Southwest Airlines ended all service at Bishop, and Delta Air Lines dropped its flights from Flint to Minneapolis. But there have been recent successes. In April, American Airlines added a new route from Flint to Charlotte, N.C., the airline’s second largest hub. Transport company Wings and Wheels became a tenant at the airport last month, working with Air Freight Forwarders to ship orders from companies including Home depot, Wayfair, Target and Costco. The airport also will receive a Federal Aviation Grant of more than $8 million to rebuild a primary runway next year.

In addition to his work in Flint and Fort Wayne. Williams was employed as a senior aviation consultant for airport consulting firm Reynolds, Smith and Hills and with two trade associations, the American Association of Airport Executives and the Helicopter Association International.

Media inquiries were referred to the Authority’s attorney, Peter Goodstein. However, neither Goodstein nor Williams responded to a request for comment.