Office of Aviation Update – December 2021

Dear Louisiana Aviation Stakeholders,

We are fast approaching the close of 2021. Aviation has shown a successful return to our Louisiana economy following the pandemic. 

We are seeing passenger traffic at our commercial airports continue to increase, along with cargo movements throughout the state. General aviation traffic improves daily with the increased need for private and corporate aviation operations.  

We should see those trends continue into 2022. There are numerous and exciting times ahead for our aviation system in the years to come. We provided a briefing on some of the innovative ideas and opportunities that will arise for Louisiana aviation stakeholders during our presentations at the Louisiana Airport Managers and Associates conference in October. The Department is initiating an update to the Louisiana Airport System Plan in late Spring.  Through this plan, all airports within our system will have the opportunity to update their data and reflect the economic viability of your local community, region, and state. Further, training and education sessions for airport management, airport sponsors, consultants, engineers, and other stakeholders will resume with new content and exciting dynamics later in the calendar year. Additionally, our office will be working closely with the LAMA leadership in coordinating presentations and offering guidance on the Airport Construction and Development Program during your quarterly meetings. Please watch for additional information and ‘save the date’ communication from our office. 

The Department also announced the winners of the inaugural Louisiana Airport of the Year and Aviation Professional of the Year awards. The awards were presented on October 26 at the 2021 Louisiana Airport Managers and Associates Annual Conference held in Baton Rouge.

“On behalf of the whole department, congratulations to our award winners,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “As we know, DOTD encompasses much more than roads and bridges. The multimodal aspect is a major component of the agency, and air travel is obviously an important part of our infrastructure for passengers and cargo alike.”

 The award winners are as follows:

 Airport of the Year:

 Alexandria International Airport (commercial service)

 Chennault International Airport (general aviation)

 Aviation Professional of the Year:

 Steven Burdeaux, Manager, Minden Airport and Springhill Airport

We’re thrilled to recognize excellence in aviation in Louisiana, and we’re proud to have these winners represent aviation transportation in our state.

The awards recognize the hardworking airport sponsors and aviation professionals in Louisiana, and the inaugural Louisiana Airport of the Year and Aviation Professional of the Year awards recognize superior achievement and leadership in the state’s aviation field. These awards honor excellence and professionalism at all levels of airport operations.

To be considered eligible for the Airport of the Year award, an airport must have managed all maintenance inspection issues, managed all significant safety-related features, and made a significant impact on aviation through safety improvements/practices, construction, development, or management of aviation resources.

Please check out the full press release at


Bradley R. Brandt

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Office of Multimodal Commerce – Aviation

Aviation Director

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