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Oaktree Capital behind group bidding for Westchester County Airport P3 deal

Oaktree Capital Management and Connor Capital today announced the creation of HPN Aviation Group (HPN-AG) which they hope will win the lease to operate and develop New York's Westchester County Airport.

Earlier this week Westchester County released an RFP to operate Westchester County Airport through a public-private partnership (P3) with the county, and HPN-AG plans to submit a bid to the RFP.

Thomas Bosco, former director of the Aviation Department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), will serve as the group’s executive chairman of the Board of Directors.  

David Barger, former CEO of JetBlue Airways, will serve as a member of the group's Board of Directors.

Oaktree’s Infrastructure Investing team claims that it has demonstrated record of success with P3 partnerships, and "will leverage decades of experience in transportation investment and management to create a more efficient, more effective airport". 
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Since 2013, it has operated Luis Munoz Marin International Airport outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

It also created a successful 50-year P3 for the Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore, MD, the primary port serving Washington, DC.

Connor Capital is a private investment partnership exclusively focused on investing in transportation and transportation-related companies.

The Connor Capital team has decades of leadership within the transportation industries, including a strong background in aviation.

“Today is an important first step in efforts to improve the customer experience at Westchester County Airport for the airline, business, and general aviation communities,” says Bosco. 

“I’ve worked in aviation my entire career, and I’m confident that this team brings the right mindset and the right expertise to the job.”

With a leadership team that includes Bosco and Barger, HPN-AG seeks to work with the Westchester community, the Board of Legislators, and the County Executive to save Westchester residents hundreds of millions of dollars, create new jobs in the county and increase operational efficiency at Westchester County Airport.
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HPN-AG will work within the Terminal Use Restrictions, while looking to improve service, support environmental initiatives and create a modern airport experience for travelers. 

The airport is currently in the bottom 10% of airports nationwide for departure on-time performance according to the December 2016 Air Travel Consumer Report published by the US Department of Transportation.

“Oaktree and Connor Capital are both experienced infrastructure investors with track records of working in partnership with governments and local stakeholders,” said Barger. 

“The goal of this P3 is to create a more modern, passenger-friendly facility that will better serve the needs of the entire Westchester community.”

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