Dec. 7, 2018
Washington, D.C. — The Regional Airline Association, the industry trade association representing North American regional airlines, congratulates Debby McElroy, its former President and long-time staff member, on her retirement from Airports Council International-North America, announced earlier this week . Debby was with RAA from 1987-2006, including serving seven years as President.
Debby modernized and refined RAA’s advocacy work and created new relationships with regulators that served RAA’s membership and the traveling public. Following the terrorist acts of 9/11, Debby single-handedly built an effective security division within RAA, helping member airlines meet and overcome the myriad new challenges associated with aviation security in a constantly changing environment. Perhaps most substantially, Debby was an employee-centered leader, committing significant time and resources to staff development.
“I can’t overstate the contributions that Debby made to regional aviation and the Regional Airline Association during her tenure – contributions that endure today,” RAA President and CEO Faye Malarkey Black said. “She built a culture of dedication to service during her time leading RAA and set the tone for relationships rooted in mutual trust that continue to stand as foundational tenets of our Association. Those of us lucky enough to have worked for Debby and with Debby are stronger for it. On behalf of RAA and our past and present members, we congratulate Debby on her retirement from full-time work and thank her for her prior decades of committed service to RAA.”
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) provides a unified voice of advocacy for North American regional airlines aimed at promoting a safe, reliable and robust regional airline industry. RAA serves as an important support network connecting regional airlines, industry business partners and government regulators, and promotes the interests of regional airlines in a changing business environment. In the United States, regional airlines operate 41 percent of scheduled passenger flights and provide the only source of scheduled air service to nearly two-thirds of the nation’s airports.