Thomas J. Kinton Jr. ‘74, H ‘07
Thomas J. Kinton, Jr. is an international aviation consultant with extensive experience. Having recently culminated a 35-year career with Massachusetts Port Authority, he is a leader and expert throughout the global aviation industry.
Mr. Kinton served as Massport’s Director of Aviation from 1993 to 2006, during which time he was responsible for the operation of Boston Logan International Airport, Bedford’s Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. From 2006 until 2011, Mr. Kinton was appointed as CEO and Executive Director, taking on additional responsibility for the public cruise, cargo and container terminals of the Port of Boston and the development of Massport-owned property, along with the operation of the Tobin Bridge Toll Complex.
As CEO, Mr. Kinton prioritized the safety and security of Massport’s transportation facilities. In addition, Mr. Kinton committed Massport to a new and aggressive agenda of customer service improvements, as well as air and sea service expansions, connecting New England with major markets in the US and around the world.
Mr. Kinton is recognized nationally for launching Logan’s Family Assistance Program for Aviation Disasters, a program that played a key role in caring for victims’ families after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. He was also instrumental in Logan’s Behavior Pattern Recognition Program, helping Logan Airport earn the 2004 Airport Security Report’s award for “Exceptional Performance in Airport Security.”
In 2005, Mr. Kinton was named Airport Director of the Year by Airport Revenue News and in 2008 was elected to the Board of Directors of Airports Council International - North America, representing local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. Until recently, he served as ACI’s Second Vice Chair.
Mr. Kinton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Doctor of Commercial Science (Hon.) from Merrimack College. He is a former Board Member of the New England Council and a current Member of the Board of Trustees for Merrimack College. Mr. Kinton is also a Winchester Hospital corporator.
With Mr. Kinton’s leadership and experience, Kinton Aviation Consulting is able to deliver valuable subject matter expertise to noteworthy aviation clients around the world.