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Lance Lyttle

Managing Director, Aviation Division​ | Leadership Team

Managing Director, Aviation Division

Result-driven and innovative airport leader

Lance is a results-driven professional with repeated success in leading major airport capital development programs, negotiating complex airlines and tenant agreements, and managing large, medium, and small hub airports. He has extensive knowledge of airport leadership, having worked at the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta and the three-airport system in Houston. Lance is well acclimated to the rigors of major airline competition and brings fresh energy and perspectives to the role of Aviation Managing Director at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

Experienced in operations, strategic and business plan development

As the Chief Operating Officer for Houston’s three airports prior to joining the Port of Seattle Executive team, Lance is versed with all aspects of operating major airports, including planning, design, and construction of major capital projects, as well as successfully implementing customer service initiatives, cost reduction, and revenue-generating initiatives. He has significant experience in airport commercial development efforts such as concessions, parking, property development, airport branding, airlines route development, and airport finance.

Local, regional and national economic development

Lance is a growth-oriented executive who has led multi-year strategic development efforts with capital budgets in excess of $3 billion at Houston airports, and played a key role in the $6 billion development program in Atlanta. He is well versed in developing high-performance organizations, business process re-engineering, ideas management and innovation, and implementing technologically complex projects, creating thousands of living wages jobs. In 2017, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Airports Council International. Lance also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Airport Executives and is the Chairperson Federal Affair for the American Association of Airport Executives.

Commitment to channeling growth

One of Lance's opportunities is to channel the amazing growth at SEA, one of the nation’s fastest-growing airports, while delivering outstanding service to our passengers and customers. Currently, he leads a multi-billion dollar terminal revitalization program including an international arrivals facility, renovating the north and south satellites, and upgrading the baggage handling system. Additionally, he leads efforts toward developing a sustainable airport master plan for the future that continues to provide economic benefits for the region.


Bachelor's degree, Physics and Computer Science, University of the West Indies

Master's degree, Management Information Systems, University of the West Indies

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