Lyttle will join the Port of Seattle's executive team reporting directly to the CEO Ted Fick on January 26, 2016.
And, according to Fick, he is expected to bring "fresh energy and perspectives" to the role.
“He brings with him a breadth of experience and depth of knowledge of airport operations, having worked in both Atlanta and Houston, and is well acclimated to the rigours of major airline competition,” enthuses Fick.
Lyttle is a growth-oriented executive who has led multi-year strategic development efforts with capital budgets in excess of $3 billion at Houston airports, and played a key role in the $6 billion development programme at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta.
As the current chief operating officer for Houston’s three airports, he is familiar with all aspects of operating major airports, including implementation of new ground base operations, terminal construction, introduction of new airline business, and finding continual improvements and efficiencies in all lines of business.
“The Port of Seattle Commission looks forward to working with Mr Lyttle as he finds ways to channel the amazing growth at Sea-Tac International Airport,” says Port of Seattle commissioner, John Creighton.
“As the fastest growing airport in the United States right now, we have a number of challenges that when met, will deliver great economic benefit to not only King County but to Puget Sound and the state of Washington.”
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport plays a central role in sustaining and growing the Pacific Northwest economy, providing critical national and international connections for business and personal travel, and for cargo shipping.
Since the first scheduled commercial flights in 1947, it has become one of the largest airports in the nation, a major contributor to the regional economy and a leader in environmental stewardship.
With a regional economic impact of more than $16.3 billion in business revenue, Seattle-Tac generates more than 171,750 jobs, of which almost 110,000 are direct jobs, representing more than $2.8 billion in direct earnings and $565 million in state and local taxes.