Toledo's New Airport Director Sees Cloudy Skies Turning Blue

Frankl takes over management of Toledo Express where passenger business last year was the lowest in 39 years.

A Shelby, Ohio, native and 1986 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Mr. Frankl said he accepted what he considered a lateral move from Springfield to Toledo in part because it brought him closer to his hometown and because Toledo Express' operations are more diverse. Along with its passenger business, Toledo Express also has a major air cargo operation -- the BAX Global hub -- and Mr. Frankl's job also includes oversight of Metcalf Field, a general aviation airport in Lake Township.

Both Toledo Express and Metcalf are owned by the city of Toledo and leased to the port authority, and the Finkbeiner administration recently broached the idea of trying to sell Metcalf as a money-raising tactic. Mr. Frankl said he doubts that idea would work, but that he "wouldn't be offended" if, as a result of Metcalf being sold, port authority officials "wanted to reconsider my compensation."

Mr. Frankl, 42, and married with two stepsons, said he couldn't rule out moving on if the right offer came from another airport, but he considers Toledo to be a good fit for him.

"I like it here. It's my home state, and my family's close," he said. "It makes a lot of sense for me."

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