The Kansas City Aviation Department owns and operates Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. The Aviation Department's mission is to provide outstanding airport services in a safe and cost-effective manner for the benefit of citizens, visitors, airlines and customers. The department is an enterprise fund department of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation or maintenance of the airports in the system. 

Mark VanLoh

Mark VanLoh, A.A.E.

Director of Aviation
Kansas City Aviation Department

As Director of Aviation for the Kansas City Aviation Department, Mark VanLoh oversees all aspects of the management, development, operation and maintenance of Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. VanLoh is responsible for 550 employees and annual revenues of over $100 million.

Prior to his tenure in Kansas City, VanLoh served with the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority (CMAA) where he had been President and Chief Executive Officer since 2001.

Prior to his time at CMAA, VanLoh was Commissioner of Airports for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland Ohio from 1998 to 2001.

Before the top position at Cleveland, VanLoh served as the Director of Airports for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority in Toledo, Ohio for nearly four years. There he supervised the design of a terminal expansion project and recruited AirTran Airways as the airport’s first low cost carrier.

From 1990 to 1994, VanLoh served as Director of Aviation for the Greater Rockford Airport Authority in Rockford, Illinois. While at Rockford, he recruited a $125 million United Parcel Service Midwest Air Hub.

VanLoh also worked for Pan American World Airways in New York City after college in a variety of positions from 1985-1990. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University with a triple major in business management, aviation management and industrial relations with a minor in economics.

VanLoh is an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives and serves on the Board of Directors for Airports Council International. He is a private pilot and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He served in the United States Army from 1978 to 1981 and was subsequently in the United States Army Reserve while attending college. VanLoh and his wife Colleen are the parents of two daughters and a son.