Aviation Council board adds Hayes

September 27, 2020

Enterprise Municipal Airport Manager Staci Hayes has been voted onto the Board of Directors for the Aviation Council of Alabama, which represents international, air carrier and general aviation airports across the state.

“I’m very honored. I was shocked – pleasantly shocked,” said Hayes, who is also the Interim Director of Engineering Services for the city of Enterprise. “The Aviation Council is the voice for all the airports across Alabama.”

The council also represents aviation businesses, economic developers, pilots, aircraft owners and aviation associations. Its mission is continued improvement, development and advancement of airports and aviation throughout the state.

The Aviation Council puts on conferences and workshops, awards scholarships and provides resources and information for all of the state’s aviation interests. In addition, it is actively involved in legislative issues at both the state and national levels and serves as a resource to elected officials from local to national.

Hayes took over as Airport Manager and was elevated to Interim Director of Engineering in May of 2019. Even before taking over as manager, she had worked with the Aviation Council.

“I had attended a few of the workshops before I became the airport manager, but especially after that” she said. “This association, they’re the ones that people go to.

“Like down in Gulf Shores, they just had Hurricane Sally come through. They can come to the Aviation Council and we can help them.”

Hayes said she got a call from Art Morris, the former manager over Dothan Regional Airport, who still helps the Aviation Council in retirement.

“I’m not quite sure who nominated me, but he told me I had been nominated to fill an opening on their board,” she said. “They had one slot open because someone had resigned off the board. I’m going to take that spot and I have two years. Normally, it’s a three-year term. You can be reappointed to it.”

The council has five communities and Hayes said she would love to work on the Legislative Committee.

“That’s the committee that helps to go get grant money for all the airports,” she said.

She will likely get assigned a committee when the Aviation Council meets next month. It meets in Montgomery on the third Wednesday of every month.

Alabama’s Airport System is a major contributor to economic development, tourism and is a valuable transportation infrastructure resource for the state. Both commercial airline service and general aviation airports are major tools for local and statewide economic growth.

Adequate and safely maintained airports are an essential part of every community’s transportation infrastructure. The Aviation Council of Alabama is the state’s only Airport and Aviation Association that serves to protect the interest of airports, business and individuals that make up the “grassroots” of the aviation community.

“I’m completely honored and really, really excited, especially with the situation airports are in with COVID-19,” Hayes said. “I’m excited to represent our area and our airport.”

Huntsville International Airport Featured in The Economic Impact of Alabama’s Six Major Commercial Service Airports Report

July 16, 2020

HUNTSVILLE, ALA.-The Aviation Council of Alabama released a report on The Economic Impact of Alabama’s Six Major Commercial Service Airports.  The report was prepared for The Aviation Council of Alabama by Dr. M. Keivan Deravi, Economic Research Services, Inc.

The report estimates that the total spending (output) impact of the Alabama Airports on the State’s economy amounted to approximately $5.0 billion in 2019. It is also estimated that approximately $1.7 billion of this total economic impact is solely due to the aviation and aviation related activities. Furthermore, the total employment and payroll impact attributable to Alabama Airports is approximately 69,200 direct and indirect jobs and over $2.6 billion of additional payroll to the economy of the State. The report found that direct total employment of the airports (aviation and aviation related entities) is estimated to amount to 16,200 jobs (on a full-time equivalent basis in 2019) and that the payroll of the entire on-site business operation is estimated to be $705.5 million.

The six Alabama commercial service airports and their auxiliary businesses collectively add a total of $948.1 million to the State’s economy in the form of non-payroll business transactions. In summary, the Airports are directly (not counting tourist spending and the induced and indirect impacts at any level) responsible for a total employment of 16,200 individuals and a total direct addition of $1.6 billion to the State’s economy.The report breaks down the economic impact by individual airport so details regarding the impact of the Port of Huntsville can be reviewed easily. An example of this is shown below, but the complete series of statistics outlining direct total employment, payroll contributions and non-payroll contributions by Alabama’s six commercial airports can be seen inside Dr. Deravi’s report:

EmployeesPayrollNon-Payroll
Huntsville6,114[1]$272,177,956$390,624,913
Birmingham3,500$178,017,054$203,840,853
Mobile5,820$220,590,320$341,537,416
Montgomery300$12,000,000$5,000,000
Dothan428$20,895,000$875,000
Muscle Shoals38$1,883,125$6,243,463

[1] Includes data for industrial parks and cargo operations, were applicable.

Below is the estimate of total economic impact for the Port of Huntsville:

Economic Impact:                             $ 1.8 Billion
Payroll Impact:                                  $ 1 Billion
Employment Impact:                         28,600 Jobs

“With the release of this report on the economic impact of Alabama’s six major commercial service airports, The Aviation Council of Alabama demonstrated that not only nationally, but inside Alabama, airports are more than runways and terminal”, said Rick Tucker, Huntsville International Airport CEO. “Airports are powerful engines of economic growth, providing both economic benefits and economic impacts for their respective regions. This report validates the need for development, expansion and improvement to Alabama airports so that we can continue to meet the needs of tomorrow’s business environment while substantially impacting Alabama’s economy.”

Attached: The Economic Impact of Alabama’s Six Major Commercial Service Airports on the State’s Economy Report

The Aviation Council of Alabama Releases Report on the Economic Impact of Alabama’s Six Major Commercial Service Airports

The Economic Impact of Alabama’s Six Major Commercial Service Airports on the State’s Economy report was prepared for The Aviation Council of Alabama by Dr. M. Keivan Deravi, Economic Research Services, Inc.

July 16, 2020

The economic impact of U.S. airports in 2017 amounted to $1.4 trillion in value of goods and services produced (output), $428 billion in earnings, and 11.5 million jobs according to the Airports Council International (ACI) of North America. They state that, “airports are not just the gateways for their communities but are vital contributors to the health of the American economy.”

With the release of Dr. Deravi’s report on the economic impact of Alabama’s six major commercial service airports, The Aviation Council of Alabama demonstrates that not only nationally, but inside Alabama, airports are more than runways and terminal. Airports are powerful engines of economic growth and they are one of the most fundamental components of business infrastructures, because they facilitate continuous economic growth for contiguous economic regions. Airports also provide both economic benefits and economic impacts for their respective regions.

Economic impacts are typically measured in terms of the additional employment and earnings for the community that are directly attributable to the airport’s business and aviation operations. The economic benefits, on the other hand, are measured in terms of transportation efficiency, or more specifically, the dollar value of time and resources saved. The transportation benefits of airports can include safety, convenience, access, and time savings.

Currently there are 76 airports in Alabama. Six (6) of the airport are commercial, and seventy (70) are general aviation facilities. The purpose of the Economic Impact of Alabama’s Six Major Commercial Service Airports report is to provide an estimate of the economic impact for Alabama’s six commercial service aviation facilities. More specifically, this report looks at the economic impacts of Birmingham-Shuttleworth International, Huntsville International- Carl T Jones Field, Mobile Regional, Montgomery Regional (Dannelly Field), Dothan Regional, and Northwest Alabama Regional airports.

“Airports across the state of Alabama have been critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic”, said Todd Storey, Aviation Council of Alabama President. “The passage of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was an important step toward delivering broad-based relief across the aviation industry, however, the relief is only temporary. This report shows that it is imperative that air travel regains momentum and that organizations return to the sky as a part of conducting business. This is because if they do not it will be detrimental to not only aviation and the airports, but also to the local community and national economic recovery as a whole. The importance of air travel to the overall national economic recovery was also recently stressed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a segment discussing economic models during the pandemic.”

Dr. Deravi’s report estimates that the total spending (output) impact of the Alabama Airports on the State’s economy amounted to approximately $5.0 billion in 2019. It is also estimated that approximately $1.7 billion of this total economic impact is solely due to the aviation and aviation related activities. Furthermore, the total employment and payroll impact attributable to Alabama Airports is approximately 69,200 direct and indirect jobs and over $2.6 billion of additional payroll to the economy of the State. The report found that direct total employment of the airports (aviation and aviation related entities) is estimated to amount to 16,200 jobs (on a full-time equivalent basis in 2019) and that the payroll of the entire on-site business operation is estimated to be $705.5 million.

These six Alabama commercial service airports and their auxiliary businesses collectively add a total of $948.1 million to the State’s economy in the form of non-payroll business transactions. In summary, the Airports are directly (not counting tourist spending and the induced and indirect impacts at any level) responsible for a total employment of 16,200 individuals and a total direct addition of $1.6 billion to the State’s economy.

“The Aviation Council of Alabama serves as a unified voice for Alabama’s airports”, said Rick Tucker, ACA Legislative Committee Chair/Huntsville International Airport CEO. “This report illustrates the impact of Alabama’s Six Major Commercial Service Airports on the State’s Economy. For every $1 investment in these airport core businesses it can generate $5 of additional income for the local community and state of Alabama. It validates the need for continued development, expansion and improvement to Alabama airports in order for them to meet the needs of tomorrow’s business environment so that they will continue to substantially impact Alabama’s economy.”

Aviation Council of Alabama is Alabama’s only statewide airport and aviation association which represents International, Air Carrier, General Aviation Airports, and Aviation Businesses, Economic Developers, Pilots, Aircraft Owners and Aviation Associations. The Aviation Council of Alabama is dedicated to continued improvement, development and advancements of airports and aviation throughout the state. For more information visit TheAviationCouncilOfAlabama.com


Attached:The Economic Impact of Alabama’s Six Major Commercial Service Airports on the State’s Economy Report

Alabama Airports Receive Federal Funding

Ken Roberts
The Tuscaloosa News, Ala. (TNS)
Jul 15th, 2020

Three airports in West Alabama will receive money for infrastructure improvements through the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Bibb County Airport in Centreville will receive $150,556 to reconstruct a taxiway, the Demopolis Regional Airport will receive $166,666 to update the airport master plan and Richard Arthur Field Airport in Fayette will receive $150,000 to reconstruct a ramp.

Sixteen local airports, including the three West Alabama airports, will receive a total of $10,750,845 infrastructure improvement grants through annual appropriations measures, as well as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020.

“Improvements to infrastructure at the local level are important for economic development in our communities,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby in a news release. “I am pleased that these 16 airports will receive nearly $11 million to enhance safety and boost aviation advancements. This is great news for each of these areas and will advance economic growth. I look forward to the positive impact this funding will have throughout Alabama.”

The grants are administered through the 2020 fiscal year Airport Improvement Program’s annual and supplemental awards. Additionally, funds provided through the CARES Act serve as the local match for the infrastructure grants.

Here’s a list of other airports that will receive funding:

• South Alabama Regional Airport-Bill Benton Field in Sanford will receive $166,666 to construct, extend and improve a safety area

• Auburn University Regional Airport will receive $2,085,581 to rehabilitate a runway

• Cullman Regional Airport-Folsom Field in Vinemont will receive $774,251 to rehabilitate a runway and reconfigure an existing taxiway

• Jeremiah Denton Airport at Dauphin Island will receive $588,888 to reconstruct runway lighting and an airport lighting vault

• Weedon Field Airport in Eufaula will receive $137,765 to acquire land for development and for obstruction removal

• Evergreen Regional Airport-Middleton Field will receive $455,663 to construct a taxiway

• Posey Field Airport in Haleyville will receive $604,575 to install perimeter fencing and for obstruction removal

• Headland Municipal Airport will receive $282,500 to install weather reporting equipment

• Huntsville Executive Airport-Tom Sharp Jr. Field in Meridianville will receive $204,934 to acquire land for development and construct an airport-related environmental study

• Mobile Downtown Airport will receive $3,000,602 to rehabilitate a ramp

• Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals will receive $517,600 to conduct a study, rehabilitate a taxiway, and seal runway pavement joints

• Prattville Airport-Grouby Field will receive $1,129,018 to seal ramp pavement joints, seal runway pavement joints, and seal taxiway pavement joints

• Craig Field Airport in Selma will receive $335,580 to rehabilitate a taxi lane

Montgomery Regional Airport Ramping Up Security as Travel Picks Up

June 22, 2020

As travel resumes, Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) has implemented strong measures to keep passengers safe.

In accordance with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the airport has introduced a number of changes to help protect passengers from the transmission of COVID-19.

“We want to ensure the traveling public that MGM is taking extra precautions and ensuring safety measures while remaining flexible to accommodate the new normal of flying,” said Marshall J. Taggart Jr. C.M., Executive Airport Director.  “A balanced scorecard measure serves as an example for passengers to review those precautions.”

Airport employees are required to wear masks.  All airport visitors are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings.  Passengers should check with airlines regarding their travel mask policies for boarding aircraft at delta.com and aa.com.

For additional protection among employees and passengers, plexiglass shields have been installed throughout the airport at ticket counters, rental car counters and the MGM customer service desk.

Safety enhancements include the addition of a ground transportation area in the short-term parking lot.  On June 5, passengers began using a new zone designated for pick-ups, shared rides, taxis, limousines and other pre-existing rides.  Signage directs travelers to each location.

Taggart said, “During the month of May, MGM saw an unaudited 5% increase in travel-related flying.

“This increase was shown, compared to April 2020, in initial reports of enplanement statistics. With the relaxation of travel policies for business travelers and an increase in leisure consumer confidence going into the summer, it is predicted there is an anticipated upward trajectory of plane load factors that reflect demand in flying out of our airport.”

Clean, Safe and Ready to Fly

The added safeguards have been introduced as part of MGM’s “We Are in This Together,” initiative.  Other changes include:

  • Continuous cleaning and sanitizing in high-touch areas and checkpoints;
  • Signage and overhead announcements reminding passengers to maintain social distancing at all times;
  • Reconfigured TSA checkpoints ensuring safe, physical distances;
  • Additional hand-sanitizer stations in the concourse; and
  • Increased safety measures in airport dining and retail outlets.

Montgomery Regional Airport offers non-stop flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); and Dallas, Texas (DFW).   MGM serves the region with four daily flights by American and Delta.  For more information on the airport, visit flymgm.com.

Pryor Field Renovations to Include Removal of WWII Beacon Tower

June 12th, 2020
Jessica Barnett
The News Courier, Athens, Ala. (TNS)

A portion of Pryor Field Regional Airport that was once used to help train World War II pilots will be removed as part of ongoing renovation at the airport.

The airport authority board voted 3-2 Tuesday to renovate one of the original training hangars from the 1940s, including re-sheeting the hangar and removing rust and lead-based paint, according to airport manager Adam Foutz. Foutz said unfortunately, a building attached to the hangar was deemed too expensive to renovate, so it will be removed.

That building includes the beacon tower from Pryor Field’s days as the Southeast Air Forces Training Center. Its part of what led Pryor Field to being designated to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 2010.

A historical marker in front of the building describing the history behind Pryor Field’s name — Schuyler Harris Pryor, a flight instructor who died during the war — and its construction will be moved closer to the airport’s entrance on U.S. 31.

“The airport is the historic site,” Foutz said, but he later noted the historic importance of the hangars, adding, “We’re going to renovate and preserve them and preserve our history the best we can while accommodating growth and capacity needs.”

Currently, Foutz said, there are about 60 hangars total, housing 113 aircraft. There’s a list of about 40 aircraft waiting for a spot at Pryor Field.

He said not only do they need to renovate the existing hangars, removing the structure next to it will allow for future development and new hangars. Other renovation projects at Pryor Field include work on the runway, taxiway and aprons.

Judith Burleson, who manages Learjetjohn Aviation, a flight school at Pryor Field, said even though she agreed the vote on the beacon tower was fair and legal, she’s sad to see the building go.

Those veterans “were the greatest generation of our nation’s history,” she told The News Courier. “They gave their lives; they trained here. A thousand pilots a year were trained here out of this building.”

She said it’s more than a run-down building at an airport — it’s a monument to World War II veterans that’s been neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair.

“It’s sad to see that we’re losing a monument to the greatest generation,” Burleson said. “We’re still going to honor the pilots who were trained here in some kind of way, but we won’t have the building.”

$2.5 million grant for Alabama Aviation College announced

January 24, 2018

“This is definitely a great day for the college,” Enterprise State Community College President Matt Rodgers said to an audience of students, instructors and government officials waiting for the news that Gov. Kay Ivey came to Ozark Jan. 19 to bring.

Ivey announced that the Alabama Aviation College, a unit of ESCC, has received a $2.5 million grant. The funds are part of the Alabama Capital Improvement Trust Fund, which awards funds for projects that promote economic development.

The Alabama Aviation College is the only aviation maintenance program in the state. Certifications and degree programs offered at Alabama Aviation College include airframe technology, Aviation Composite Materials, Aviation Maintenance Foundations, avionics technology, general aviation technology and power plant technology.

The Ozark campus is one of three Alabama Aviation College locations. There are also AAC campuses in Albertville and Andalusia.

“The dedication of our students is undoubtedly making a mark on the aviation industry,” Rodgers said. “We have some of the best and brightest students walking through our halls.”

The Alabama Aviation College has experienced consistent growth over the last several years, including increasing enrollment by nearly 100 students this semester, Rodgers said.

The grant funds will be used to renovate campus infrastructure to expand the college’s Advanced Composite Training Program and to prepare the campus for future program expansions.

“I am proud to award this $2.5 million grant to the Alabama Aviation College and provide funding for lab space for the new Advanced Composite Materials program,” Ivey said. “While this grant is for the aviation program, the infrastructure updates it provides will also help to ensure the Ozark campus of Enterprise State Community College is ready to meet all the workforce needs of local business and industry.”

The first phase of the renovation project is slated to begin in the summer of 2018 and all work is expected to be completed in 2019.

Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting told the audience that he had been “deeply concerned about the direction our aviation college had taken,” and said he had expressed that concern to Jimmy Baker, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.

“We had a great meeting,” Bunting said. “He had the same concerns and he assured me that the aviation college would be making a positive turn.

“We have met several times since,” Bunting said. “I stand here today knowing that this great institution is moving to the top of the mountain.”

Bunting had high praise for Rodgers, who was named president of ESCC four months ago. “He is a great college president,’ Bunting said. “We are beginning to turn the corner.”

“We appreciate Governor Ivey supporting our efforts to provide a first-class educational setting for the students in our service area,” Rodgers said. “These improvements will allow us to enhance existing programs and work closely with local and state industry leaders to meet the demands of our ever-changing workforce.”

Baker agreed. “I’m proud that Governor Ivey recognizes the great work being done across Alabama’s community colleges to train our state’s workforce for high-demand, high-wage jobs,” he said. “The improvements at the Ozark campus will have an immediate positive impact on the students we serve and will also take large strides towards ensuring the campus is meeting the needs of business and industry in the Ozark community.”

“This is only the beginning,” Rodgers added. “Great days are ahead for the college and the communities we serve.”

Huntsville Airport Receives $29 Million Grant

September 19, 2018

Huntsville International Airport will receive a federal grant of more than $29 million for improvements, including construction of a new taxiway, according to an announcement Sept. 17 by Sen. Richard Shelby.

He cited Huntsville’s growth as reason for the grant. The Rocket City is on pace to become the state’s largest in about five years and, according to Shelby’s office, is responsible for 62% of new jobs created in the state in the past decade.

“The city of Huntsville is growing at a rapid pace,” Shelby said in the announcement. “This new taxiway will allow for increased accessibility and efficiency for air traffic commuting to and from north Alabama. Additionally, the funding will play a vital role in enhancing economic development throughout the region. As Huntsville continues to attract more business, it is essential that the city and surrounding area improve and modernize local infrastructure in order to meet the demands of its booming economy.”

The airport recently has added low-fare carriers Silver and Frontier airlines.

“This $29.1 million grant will help Huntsville International Airport make significant infrastructure improvements to accommodate more direct flights into the area,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said in the announcement. “With the recent addition of Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines, the airport needs more capacity to manage increased traffic and future expansions that will support Huntsville’s bustling economy. Our deepest thanks to Sen. Shelby for his leadership in this region’s tremendous growth and success.”

Rick Tucker, executive director of the airport, said the funding will be used in several ways.

“Without Sen. Shelby’s work on the appropriations committee, this would not be possible today,” Tucker said. “He has once again acknowledged a need and done what was necessary to address it, benefiting the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority.

“The funds secured will impact our facility as a whole and include improvements to the Jetplex Industrial Park, International Intermodal Center and the airport itself. This announcement ensures our ability to continue economic development initiatives within our region and positively impacts our entire state.”

The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program.

According to Shelby’s announcement, the grant provides $29.115 million to construct 4,600 feet of a new taxiway. The construction of the taxiway will provide access to current airport property that can accommodate building up to 11 747-9 parking positions as well as more than 600,000 square feet of hangar space, which would more than double the airport’s current cargo capability.

The Federal Aviation Administration, under DOT, oversees the AIP grant distribution program. The Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which was passed and signed into law last March, provided FAA an additional $1 billion in discretionary grants for fiscal 2018-20, enabling the secretary of transportation to award funding for priority consideration projects. Huntsville International Airport met priority funding eligibility and was included in the first round of awards facilitated by the added discretionary funding.

Richard Shelby secures $20M for 5 local airports

May 13, 2019

Five Alabama airports were awarded more than a collective $20 million in government funding in the federal budget for a variety of projects, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced Friday.

The funding, in the form of FAA grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, will benefit five regional and municipal airports in Alabama.

Shelby played a critical role in securing the funding as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which helps set funding levels.

“This FAA funding will significantly improve the functionality, safety, and efficiency of these airports,” the senator said in a statement. “It is vital that we continue to make important infrastructure investments in Alabama to ensure the growth of local communities and future economic success. I look forward to witnessing the positive impact that these aviation advancements will have on our state.”

The five Alabama airports receiving funding are:

• Lanett Municipal Airport, Lanett, Alabama – $8,100,000 for the extension of a runway

• Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional Airport, Centre, Alabama – $5,552,000 for construction of a taxiway

• Franklin Field Airport, Union Springs, Alabama – $3,866,048 for construction of a runway

• Vaiden Field Airport, Marion, Alabama – $2,262,634 for the continuation of construction on a parallel taxiway

• Scottsboro Municipal-Word Field Airport, Scottsboro, Alabama – $1,046,850 for the rehabilitation of an apron

HSV Launches Airport Artway & Community Art Wall

January 8, 2020

HSV Launches Airport Artway & Community Art Wall
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. –Huntsville International Airport is the North Alabama community’s gateway to the world. Visitors arriving at HSV can see right away that aerospace and missile defense are core components of this community with Redstone Arsenal and NASA featured prominently.  The airport also wants visitors to see and in turn be eager to experience the natural beauty of this region’s parks, the educational opportunities offered by the many museums and the talented artists that are inspired to create masterpieces here each and every day.

Because of this, Huntsville International Airport is partnering with the Carnegie Visual Arts Center to display art from our region’s rich and diverse creative community. The artwork will be available for viewing anytime free of charge and will change quarterly. The new program features both professional and budding artists from across the community.

Airport Artway

The Airport Artway is a quarterly exhibit displayed on the second floor of Huntsville International Airport’s terminal building.  This area is located just above the airline ticket counters and baggage claim.  Today marks the first-ever quarterly display of art and features a series titled “Friends and Family of the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.” Displayed is work from 15 local professional artists. The display includes a variety of mediums like traditional paintings, sculpture, and mixed media.

Community Art Wall

HSV is also unveiling the new Community Art Wall that is located in the breezeway that connects the airport to the parking garage on the second level. This area will display art created by budding artists in the North Alabama community and is a reminder that anyone can be an artist. This quarter the Community Art Wall is featuring a series entitled “Therapy Through Art.” The art displayed is the work created through the Carnegie Visual Arts Center’s outreach program that is in partnership with the Mental Health Center of North Alabama. The artists of this series were under the instruction of the late Jason Sharp, local artist.

“Huntsville International Airport is pleased to partner with Carnegie Visual Arts Center on our brand new Airport Artway and Community Art Wall”, said Rick Tucker, Huntsville International Airport CEO. “We are excited to utilize our facility to continue to allow people from all over the world to experience a part of our community while visiting HSV.  We are hopeful that this will encourage them to stay a little longer, come back and visit again, or take a piece of North Alabama home when they go.”

“The Carnegie Visual Arts Center is excited to partner with the Huntsville International Airport to showcase local artists and community outreach programs like the Mental Health Association art therapy program. This is a great opportunity to share with everyone the growing art community in our region.” Kim Mitchell, Carnegie Visual Arts Center Executive DirectorHuntsville International Airport’s Airport Artway and Community Art Wall hosted a Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m. on January 8, 2020. Later this evening the airport is hosting an Artist Reception from 5:30-7:30.  This will be an opportunity for the public to mix and mingle with the artists on display.  Artist Receptions will be held each time a new series is unveiled.

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About Huntsville International Airport

The Port of Huntsville operating entities include:  Huntsville International Airport (HSV), International Intermodal Center, Jetplex Industrial Park, Signature Flight Support, Four Points Sheraton, Sunset Landing Golf Course and Foreign Trade Zone #83. Huntsville International Airport (HSV) is the largest commercial airport in North Alabama, serving over 1 million passengers annually. For more information, visit http://www.flyhuntsville.com/.

About the Carnegie Visual Arts Center

The Carnegie Visual Arts Center provides educational & cultural opportunities to the community. Offered at the Carnegie is a range of programs, events, & exhibits to passionately promote art to all. For more information, visit https://www.carnegiearts.org/.