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NEW ORLEANS—Airport Experience News (AXN) has named Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), as its 2020 Director of the Year in the medium airports category.


“We are excited to see the rest of the nation come to appreciate what we in New Orleans have known for years: Kevin Dolliole is a national treasure for his work to make Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport the crown jewel of the Gulf South,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “His tireless efforts to realize the dream that is the new airport terminal and his steadfast stewardship through the COVID-19 pandemic are just the recent example of four decades of aviation leadership. Congratulations, Mr. Dolliole, on being named the 2020 Director of the Year.”


“Kevin Dolliole led MSY through an extraordinary revitalization, with the airport’s new terminal opening late last year, enjoying just a few months of ‘normal’ activity before the COVID-19 pandemic hit,” said Melissa Montes, publisher of Airport Experience News. “Kevin’s management of that project and his response to the current crisis prompted AXN to select him as its Director of the Year in the medium airports division.”


With over four decades of combined experience in the airline and airport industries, Dolliole has a vast amount of aviation industry knowledge. He 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.


Dolliole currently serves on the Board of Directors for Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and American Association of Airport Executives’ (AAAE) Policy Review Committee, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Airports Consultants Council.


“This honor means so much to the city of New Orleans. The team at MSY has been working tirelessly to ensure we have a world-class airport, and it’s nice to see that people across the country have taken notice. New Orleans is quite fortunate to have an Aviation Director in place who not only brings a wealth of experience to the table, but also serves this city with true passion,” said Judge Michael Bagneris, Chair of the New Orleans Aviation Board.


“After over 40 years in the aviation industry, it is a significant honor to receive the recognition of Director of the Year in the medium airport division from Airport Experience News,” said Kevin Dolliole. “Over the last year, the New Orleans Airport has experienced unprecedented challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as historic successes with the opening of our new $1 billion terminal complex. Through it all, our team has remained committed to providing unmatched service to our passengers, and we are grateful to be recognized for these efforts.”


In November 2019, MSY completed construction and moved all 16 airlines to its new, 972,000 square-foot terminal featuring three concourses, 35 gates, two new parking garages, a surface parking lot next to the terminal and a remote economy garage with shuttle service. It was built with the passenger experience in mind, and features a host of modern convenience as well as a consolidated checkpoint through which all passengers have access to more than 40 different food and retail concessions once beyond security.


AXN is a national aviation trade publication which provides in-depth coverage and analysis of the airport and air travel industries through its print magazine, its robust website and other channels. Dolliole will be featured in the November/December issue of AXN and will be honored at the 2021 Airport Experience Conference.