The chairman said that contract costs the authority $250,000 a year, not including salaries for members of the senior management team. He could not provide a total of those salaries Tuesday afternoon.

When the airport authority hired Avports in 2011, the airport management company was paid $325,000 a year.

The 50-year-old Everett, who lives in Upper Saucon Township, said the change will “enhance the operation” as well as saving money.

No official start date has been set for Everett to begin working directly for the airport, said Iannelli, “but it will be sooner rather than later.”

The chairman said an exit strategy still has to be worked out with Avports:  “This is all pending a happy separation from Avports.”

At Tuesday’s board meeting, secretary-treasurer Dean Browning reported the authority has to come up with roughly $53 million in cash over the next three years “in some way, shape or form.”

“We’re going to generate $16 million or so from operations, which leaves us short $37 million over the next three years,” said Browning. To get the rest, he said the FAA will help pay capital improvement costs, the authority must sell land to settle its multi-million-dollar legal debt and it must continue to make that $16 million figure for operations.

Browning said passenger traffic at the airport in January totaled more than 43,000 people, substantially lower than in January 2012. In fact, he added:  “It is the lowest month we’ve had in the past four years.”

He also indicated net income from operations in January was more than $200,000 less than the $461,000 in revenue in January 2012.

And Browning said the airport’s cash balance is dwindling. It was just over $4 million on Jan. 31, compared to $5.6 million at the same time in 2012, $7.1 million in 2011 and $10.9 million in 2010. “We are trending down on cash,” he said.

Iannelli said the airport’s “culture” will have to change “rapidly from an operational culture to an entrepreneurial culture.”

The authority discussed plans to generate more general aviation business for its airports during the Feb. 2, 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII in  New Jersey’s Meadowlands sports complex  near New York City and during upcoming NASCAR and Indycar races at Pocono Raceway in Monroe County.