Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport’s Kevin Dolliole Becomes Chair of Airports Council Board
NEW ORLEANS – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) announced today that Director of Aviation Kevin Dolliole became Chair of the Board for Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) on Jan. 1, 2024. ACI-NA is one of the world’s largest airport trade organizations representing 270 airport operators in the US and Canada. Their mission is to advocate policies and provide services that strengthen commercial airports’ ability to serve their passengers, customers and communities.
“For more than 75 years, ACI-NA has been a driving force of positive change for our industry, and I am honored to contribute to the organization for the next two years as Chair,” said Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. “I look forward to working alongside our board, policy councils, committees, members, professional staff, coalition partners, and industry stakeholders as we work together to create the next generation of air travel for the benefit of our passengers, customers, and local communities.”
“While airports continue to respond to ongoing challenges following the pandemic and our recovery, the industry remains focused on the future,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Airports have ramped up initiatives in infrastructure, sustainability, diversity, equity, inclusion, economic development, workforce development, technology, and innovation. Sam has been a steadfast and forward-looking Chair at a critical time for our industry and we are grateful for his leadership. As we look to the future and the immense challenges before us, I know Kevin’s vast industry expertise and political acumen will help us further advance the key airport industry priorities before us.”
As part of his role as Chair of ACI-NA, Dolliole will also serve on the executive committee of the Governing Board of Airports Council International (ACI) World, which represents the collective interests of airports around the world to promote excellence in the aviation industry.
Dolliole will serve as Chair of ACI-NA for the next 2 years. Following that, he will serve 2 years as Immediate Past Chair. Dolliole has been a member of the ACI-NA Board of Directors since 2020 and previously served as Vice Chair, Chair of the US Policy Committee and Chair of the Board Finance Committee.
Dolliole will now have a significant leadership role in the organization as they establish policies around critical issues facing airports today, which is especially important as the aviation industry rebounds from the impacts of COVID-19 and navigates the historic airport infrastructure investments from the federal government. He also currently serves on the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Policy Review Committee—another organization that advocates on behalf of airports at the federal level.
With over 40 years of combined experience in the airline and airport industries, Dolliole has a wealth of aviation knowledge. He has served as Director of Airports at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Aviation Director at San Antonio International Airport, and previously served in several executive positions at the New Orleans Airport including Acting Director of Aviation before returning as Director of Aviation in 2017.
Under his leadership, MSY was ranked as the number one large airport in North America for customer satisfaction based on J.D. Power’s 2021 North America Airport Satisfaction Study and Best Large Airport in North America by ACI World’s Airport Service Quality program two years in a row in 2021 and 2022. Dolliole was also selected as Airport Experience News’ 2020 Director of the Year in the Medium Airports Category as well as Biz New Orleans Magazine’s 2019 CEO of the Year.
A complete list of the ACI-NA Board of Directors and leadership is available on the ACI-NA website.
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at www.airportscouncil.org.