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Airlines for America Congratulates Nicholas E. Calio on Receiving the 2024 Katerina and George Iatrou Lifetime Achievement Award

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2024 — Airlines for America (A4A) is proud to announce that President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio has been honored with the 2024 Katerina and George Iatrou Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the airline industry. The award recognizes aviation professionals that have provided long-term leadership to the aviation sector.

Named in memory of the parents of Dr. Kostas Iatrou, Katerina and George Iatrou, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by Dr. Iatrou’s two teenage sons, George and Yiannis, in honor of their grandparents’ legacy.

Calio has been instrumental in advocating for U.S. airlines both domestically and internationally since joining A4A in 2011. Under his leadership, Airlines for America played a leadership role in working with Congress, the Administration, labor and industry partners to ensure the survival of the airline industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent recovery. Today, the U.S. airline industry is seeing record air travel, employing more people than ever before and transporting millions of tons of cargo around the world, all while remaining the safest mode of transportation.  

“Thank you to the Hermes Air Transport Organisation as well as Dr. Kostas Iatrou and his family for honoring me with the prestigious 2024 Katerina and George Iatrou Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Nicholas E. Calio, President and CEO of Airlines for America. “This award represents the dedicated work of the talented men and women I have the privilege of working with every day—the best-in-class team at A4A in addition to our incredible member airlines. It is not lost on me that when I was growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, nobody in my neighborhood flew—nobody. That’s because nobody could afford it. Today, it’s truly remarkable that millions of people fly, and millions of packages are delivered each day around the world because of the miracle of aviation. Hermes makes a material contribution to this miracle.”

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