The industry association announced Monday that Goronwy Price, chief executive officer and general manager of Goose Bay Airport Corporation, has been appointed its new president.

The ACAA is an industry association that speaks on behalf of 13 airports in the Atlantic region and collaborates to promote the region and grow air access.

“It’s been a challenging 16 months and Goronwy’s leadership and collaborative style will help our region’s airports work together to recover,” said Monette Pasher, executive director of ACAA, in a release.

Price joined Goose Bay Airport in 2007 following two decades of senior management positions primarily in tourism and recreation. He served as an ACAA director for more than a decade and led the Goose Bay Airport Corporation through substantial growth and infrastructure development over the past 14 years.

“We’re very pleased that Goronwy has taken on this volunteer role of president,” said Pasher. “He has a wealth of knowledge of airports and is passionate about the importance of Atlantic Canada’s air transportation network. We look forward to his leadership and guidance as we navigate the recovery of our sector.”

Price steps into the role as air travel is just beginning to reopen in Atlantic Canada. As the new president of the association, an immediate priority for Price is continuing the dialogue with the federal government and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for the rollout of funding support committed in the Fall Economic Statement.

“There are a lot of opportunities in front of us, but it will take collaboration with many partners. It is important to remember that airports in our region have dealt with unprecedented financial challenges due to the loss of revenues associated with the negative impact of COVID-19. With the financial support of government partners, we can turn our attention to helping our air carrier partners rebuild this network,” said Price.

“Airports need to collaborate and work together more than ever before and that is a big role that the ACAA plays.