Tucson Airport Authority Ditches Allin, Names Bewley Interim CEO

Allin was joined by some TAA board members, as well as City of Tucson and Pima County officials before the American Airlines scheme failed. [Photo from Facebook]

The Tucson Airport Authority board voted on Friday, July 19, during a special meeting to terminate the employment of CEO Bonnie Allin. Danette Bewley was named Interim President and CEO.

Bewley’s appointment takes effect immediately.

Bewley, who has been Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer since May 2014, replaces Allin who began with the Tucson Airport Authority 43 years ago. She served as TAA’s CEO the past 17 years.

“It has been my privilege to be a part of this extraordinary group of people who just this week celebrated our latest customer satisfaction survey results that showed an astonishingly high 99 percent in overall satisfaction,” Allin said in a press release.

TAA Board Chair Lisa Lovallo claimed the “change in leadership intended to further leverage the assets of both Tucson International and Ryan Airfield.”


The TAA will begin a national search before naming a permanent CEO.

TAA has be shrouded in controversy since American Airlines announced that it was suspending direct flights from Tucson to New York, after having taxpayers make a $100,000 payment to American Airlines in an attempt to draw new businesses to the area.

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  1. Would be interesting to know the real reason Bonnie was fired. Quick releases of top brass usually come from very bad (to the point of being criminal) actions. Or, a bunch of information being held back from the board, that is released by another executive (Back Stabber?) looking to promote themselves.

    It would be interesting to learn anyway. I don’t believe Bonnie was a very good leader, but I also don’t believe Danette is a good leader either. Hopefully, the national search will reveal someone with proven leadership ability.

    Anyway, that’s my $.02

  2. But Christy voted to give AA $100,000.00 to cover for his campaign donations from the C/C members. This is called crony governmentalism. It has NOTHING to do with capitalism.

  3. Another attempted giveaway at taxpayer’s expense! There was never going to be enough travel between here and NY to sustain that route but that never stops Pima County from giving our money away.

  4. Where is the “bribe” money that is owed to the taxpayers? Maybe its floating down Rio Nuevo?? Or on a ride with the chicken sandwich? Or bowling?

  5. There is more to this story than a $100,000 pay off to AA.

    I hope AI will dig deeper into this story.

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