Miami Herald

August 09, 2018 04:05 PM

American Airlines, Miami International Airport’s largest carrier, has a new local chief. On Thursday it announced Juan Carlos Liscano as vice president of Miami Hub Operations.

Liscano will oversee airport operations as the chief executive for American in Miami and its 13,000-plus employees.

The Colombia native was chosen for this position based on his strong relationships with Latin America. Liscano previously served as American’s managing director of Latin America, where he oversaw 3,300 employees in 17 countries. The position was previously held by Ralph Lopez , who was named vice president of American’s Integrated Operations Center earlier this year.

“Miami is an incredibly important market for us and a melting pot of cultures that deserves an experienced and dynamic leader,” said American executive Kerry Philipovitch in a news release. “We needed a leader with strong relationships in both Miami and Latin America. Juan Carlos is the perfect choice.”

Liscano began his career as an operations agent at American Eagle. Since moving to American Airlines, he has held airport leadership positions in the Bahamas, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Atlanta.

In June, American Airlines carried nearly 2.3 million passengers through MIA. Miami is also the airline’s biggest cargo hub.