TRI Airport Director Hired by MKAA

Blountville, TN. – As recently announced by the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA), Executive Director PatrickWilson will be leaving the Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) in late October/early November to serve as president of the MKAA.

Wilson has held the Executive Director position at TCAA for 13 years and was previously Deputy Executive Director for eight years. Prior to his work at TCAA, Wilson served as the operations manager for MKAA.

“Serving this region through the Tri-Cities Airport Authority has been personally and professionally rewarding,” said Patrick Wilson, TCAA executive director. “It has been a privilege to work with the airport staff, airport commissioners, and regional leaders to maximize the airport’s role as an asset for Northeast Tennessee.”

During Wilson’s tenure at TCAA, he led the recruitment effort for Allegiant Air, the transition from the Airport Commission to an Airport Authority, extensive terminal improvements and upgrades, and the major regional economic development partnership of Aerospace Park.

“Patrick has served us extremely well and I wish him all the best in his new endeavor,” said Jon Smith, TCAA Chairman. “We are fortunate our airport’s staff and management team are truly exceptional and that they will ensure the airport will continue to operate at the high standards to which our traveling public have become accustomed as we go through this change in leadership. While I regret the fact that Patrick will no longer be leading the team at the Tri-Cities Airport Authority, I know that this represents a well-deserved opportunity.”

Staff are coordinating with the TCAA board and working through the transition process.


Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) is a full-service commercial airport serving Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina, and Eastern Kentucky. TRI offers non-stop flights to four hubs (Atlanta, Charlotte, Orland/Sanford, and St. Pete/Clearwater/Tampa) on Allegiant, American, and Delta. For more information about Tri-Cities Airport, visit