Benito De Leon was appointed Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports in 2013 after serving as the Director of FAA's Office of Airport Planning and Programming for 7 years and the Deputy Director of that office for more than 5 years.
The mission of the Airports organization is to provide leadership in planning and developing a safe and efficient national airport system. The office has responsibility for all programs related to airport safety and inspections, and standards for airport design, construction and operation (including international harmonization of airport standards). Each year, the office awards approximately $3.3 billion in airport grants and approves passenger facility charge collections totaling approximately $2 billion. The office also is responsible for national airport planning, as well as environmental and social requirements. The office establishes policies related to airport rates and charges, compliance with grant assurances and airport privatization.
Before joining the FAA Headquarters Airports Organization, Mr. De Leon worked in the FAA Great Lakes Region as an Airports Engineer, Community Planner, Capacity Manager, and Manager of the Planning and Programming Branch.
Before coming to the FAA, Mr. De Leon worked for the State of Wisconsin, Department of Transportation, as an Assistant Construction Engineer. Mr. De Leon received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Civil Engineering.