The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) has learned that its current County Director of Airports will resign. Kevin Bumen, A.A.E., C.A.E, will leave the County next month to be the first Chief Commercial Officer for San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Mr. Bumen has managed the County’s two airports, SBP and Oceano Airport, since 2013. His last day will be October 9.
The County of San Luis Obispo, which manages the airport, will appoint an interim director. “It’s been a pleasure to work with Kevin these past six years,” said SLO County Administrative Officer Wade Horton. “Through his hard work and vision, we have seen our airport grow from a modest community asset to a true gateway to the world. Kevin’s leadership has set the course for our airport to a bright future.”
Bumen has guided the County’s commercial airport through a time of tremendous growth. During his tenure, SBP doubled the number of passengers served, from 272,268 in 2013 to 544,575 in 2019. The dramatic increase was due in part to adding 6 routes and bringing in two new airlines to serve the region. In 2018 the airport was named the seventh-fastest growing small airport in North America.
Bumen also led the airport through the development of a new $40 million passenger terminal, created a comprehensive program to lead the airport through the global COVID-19 pandemic, and conducted the airport’s first economic impact study, which showed that SBP contributes $85 million each year to the region’s economy.
“As a resident and a loyal Mustang, I know how special San Luis Obispo is,” Bumen shared. “This was not an easy decision to make. I’m honored to have served the SLO community these past seven years and am excited to watch our wonderful airport continue to grow.”
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) serves areas as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County. The airport offers convenient access to and from the Central Coast. Residents and visitors have the choice of three commercial airlines with flights to several major U.S. hubs. The airport is also home to full-service general aviation and corporate facilities. For more information, or to book a flight, visit sloairport.com.