​DOTD Aviation Awards Program

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 August 4, 2023 in order to be considered for the award. 

The award winners will be announced during the 2023 Louisiana Airport Managers and Associates Annual Conference in Alexandria, Louisiana, November 5-7, 2023 at the Awards Luncheon.

Previous Award Recipients

   Louisiana Airport of the Year-General Aviation: Natchitoches Regional Airport (IER)
   Louisiana Airport of the Year-Commercial Service: Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT)

   David Slayter Memorial Louisiana Aviation Professional of the Year: Steven Picou (LFT)   

   David Slayter Memorial Louisiana Aviation Professional of the Year: Tonjia Summerell (DOTD)

   Allen R. Taylor Legacy Award: Yvonne Chenevert (HZR)


  Louisiana Airport of the Year-General Aviation: Chennault International Airport (CWF) 

  Louisiana Airport of the Year-Commercial Service: Alexandria International Airport (AEX)

  Louisiana Aviation Professional of the Year: Steven Burdeaux (MNE)