Charles “Chip” Barclay announced Wednesday that he will retire as chief executive officer of the American Association of Airport Executives on Dec. 1.

Barclay has piloted the group since 1983 and overseen massive changes to the industry. AAAE has been a leading voice in Washington for airport finance issues during Barclay’s tenure, including lobbying Congress to allow airports to raise passenger facility charges beyond their current $4.50 per passenger cap. Airports use that money to back bonds for construction.

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