​Aviation Awards Program

  2022 Louisiana Airport of the Year-General Aviation: Natchitoches Regional Airport

  2022 Louisiana Airport of the Year-Commerial Service: Lafayette Regional Airport

  2022 David Slayter Memorial Louisiana Aviation Professional of the Year: Steven Picou                          2022 David Slayer Memorial Louisiana Aviation Professional of the Year: Tonjia Summerell

  2022 Allen R. Taylor Legacy Award: Yvonne Chenevert

  2021 Louisiana Airport of the Year-General Aviation: Chennault International Airport  

  2021 Louisiana Airport of the Year-Commercial Service: Alexandria International Airport

  2021 Louisiana Aviation Professional of the Year: Steven Burdeaux

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is proud to announce our Louisiana Airport of the Year and Aviation Professional of the Year awards program. These awards recognize superior achievement and leadership in the aviation field in Louisiana.  Through the power of aviation, people and goods move rapidly, in, around, and out of Louisiana’s airport system.  The opportunity to honor those individuals and facilities within our system provides for recognizing best practices in aviation through this awards program. From lifetime achievement and airport achievement to recognizing outstanding work in a particular discipline, our awards honor excellence and professionalism at all levels of airport operations. 

Any airport, airport authority, local or federal government official, consultant, contractor, or industry stakeholder who wishes to make a nomination must submit a typed nomination via email to DOTD. All nominations must be received by DOTD no later than July 31, 2023 in order to be considered for the award. Applications for nominations will be available in May 2023. 

The award winners will be announced during the 2023 Louisiana Airport Managers and Associates Annual Conference in Monroe, Louisiana, at the Awards Luncheon in October 2023.