Senior Advisor, Infrastructure
Principato served as President of Airports Council International – North American from July, 2005 through June, 2013. In this capacity, he oversaw the leading association of airports and airport-related businesses in North America, which enplane nearly all of the domestic and international airline passenger and cargo traffic on the continent. ACI-NA is the largest of the five worldwide regions of Airports Council International.Principato's involvement in aviation and transportation infrastructure spans more than thirty years. From 1979 to 1986 he worked on transportation issues for Senators J. Bennett Johnson (LA.) and Joseph R. Biden (DE.). After leaving the Senate, he went to work in the administration of Virginia Governor Gerald L. Baliles. The Baliles administration was nationally known for a commitment to transportation infrastructure.
In 1993, as Executive Director of the National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry, Principato was responsible for the high profile work of a commission composed of 15 leaders from airlines, airports, manufacturers, general aviation, labor and the financial community. The Commission tackled important issues such as air traffic control reform, capacity enhancement, federal funding, international air service rights and foreign investment.