Kenner, LA. – On May 23, 2017, the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) announced the appointment of Kevin Dolliole as the permanent director of aviation, effective June 26, 2017. Dolliole will replace Mark Reis, who was appointed as the interim director of aviation last December.
Dolliole joins the NOAB after serving as director of airports at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and aviation director at San Antonio International Airport. Dolliole has previously served in several executive positions at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, including acting director of aviation. “I’m looking forward to working closely with Kevin to continue our mission to develop the worldclass airport that this region deserves,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We’ve led a complete turnaround and made transformative progress at the airport over the last seven years. And we have a huge task ahead to complete the $1 billion new terminal. With Kevin’s extensive experience, I am confident the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will continue to exceed expectations and experience record-breaking growth.”
New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman Cheryl Teamer said, “On behalf of the New Orleans Aviation Board, we are excited to welcome Kevin to our team. This is an exciting day for Louis Armstrong International Airport. We look forward to working with Kevin to finish the new terminal project, grow air service and operate a world class airport.”
“I’m thrilled to return to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport as the director of aviation,” said Dolliole. “I’m committed to carrying on the transformative work taking place and look forward to joining this talented team of professionals who have worked tirelessly to take Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to the next level.” The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is in the midst of constructing a worldclass North Terminal, scheduled to be complete in February 2019.
The project is projected to create an estimated 13,000 direct construction jobs and generate a nearly $1 billion investment in the region. The 972,000 square-foot terminal will feature 35 gates, a 2,190-car parking garage and a ground transportation staging area. With over 40 years of combined experience in the airline and airport industries, Dolliole brings technical proficiency and innovative approaches to working with airlines, developing new air service and managing capital construction projects to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Dolliole is also experienced in planning efforts for operational, organizational and airport development initiatives.
New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett, chair of the city’s transportation and aviation committee said, “Our airport has made a lot of progress in the past few years. I’m excited to have a native New Orleanian with national experience on board to run the airport as we finish the $1 billion expansion and new terminal project.” Southwest Airlines Vice President of Airport Affairs Bob Montgomery said, “Kevin Dolliole is a great airport professional who has vast experience on all sides of aviation.
He partners with his stakeholders and can get things done. Southwest is very pleased to be working with him again, as we look forward to the completion of the North Terminal project.” Mark Reis, interim director of aviation, said “I am pleased to welcome Kevin Dolliole to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. With over three decades of experience in this industry, I’m confident that with Kevin at the helm of NOAB, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will continue to ascend to new heights.”