New TIA Director Joe Lopano is serious as he dismisses Trudy Carson

It was reported on Monday that  Tampa International Airport chief executive Joe Lopano had fired Trudy Carson, the airport's longstanding director of air service development.

According to published reports, Lopano's letter informing Carson of her termination included these passages:

"it has become apparent that you are not a good match for the new organization we are currently putting together...I have been dissatisfied with your performance and attention to detail in several areas within the air service development area," the letter stated.

Lopano cited Carson's overall strategy for air service development and issues involving Carson's handling of meetings with JetBlue and marketing efforts with Condor Airlines.

"While there are other areas in which I am dissatisfied, it would serve no purpose to expand on them in this letter."

That harsh critique came as Lopano observed Carson in action over the past two and a half months, as he officially took over as CEO at Tampa International just in January, after being hired in late September as the permanent replacement to Louis Miller, who quit his position after 14 years at the helm a little over a year ago.

Carson was Miller's point person on trying to attract direct international flights to Tampa, which had decreased in number considerably from the time she took the job some 14 years ago.