Accolades, Highlights & Recognition for HSV

The Antonov An-225 at the Port of Huntsville International Intermodal Center in October 2021.

The Port of Huntsville saw many positives to celebrate in 2022. Here are some of our
accolades, highlights and recognition received throughout the year:

Governmental Affairs/Planning
HSV received discretionary grant awards totaling $22,670,663 for the purpose of rehabilitating West Runway 18R/36L and replacing the light fixtures in the concourse and terminal buildings with LED fixtures. The COVID-19 relief-related ACRGP grant provided $7,632,398 and the ARPA grant a 10% match on four HSV projects, adding $601,892 to the full grant funding for FY22 of $22,670,663.


HSV charted at No. 21 in the continental U.S. for international air cargo volume in a 2022 report by Airports Council International. For comparison, the top five in the ACI list are Memphis, Anchorage, Louisville, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The City of Huntsville Beautification Board continued recognition of the Port of Huntsville’s Glenn Hearn Entrance, International Intermodal Center Entrance, and Signature Flight Support with Beautification Awards.

The Port of Huntsville completed several major projects in FY22 including the completion of Taxiway “C” construction as well as a fascia/roof renovation project on the Concourse. And because timeliness is important – particularly when waiting on your bags to meet you at baggage claim – Huntsville International achieved an average baggage delivery time of 14.81 minutes.

Port of Huntsville Executive Director and CEO Rick Tucker was selected as Director of the Year, Small Airports Division, by Airport Experience News. He has worked for the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority since 1978, holding various positions within the organization, and was named executive director and CEO of Port of Huntsville in 1994. Tucker was honored at the 2022 Airport Experience Conference held in Orlando, Florida.

Barbie Peek, Port of Huntsville Chief Business Development Officer, was elected President & Chairman of the 2022 NAITA Board of Directors. Barbie has served on the NAITA Board of Directors since 2018, and
the Port of Huntsville has long been a sustaining member and supporter of the trade association.

Rick Tucker announced his retirement as CEO in 2022, and COO Butch Roberts was named new CEO of the Port of Huntsville.


  • HSV granted FAA license to land commercial space reentry vehicle – Dream Chaser

  • Breeze Airways begins non-stop flights to New Orleans, Tampa, and Charleston from HSV

  • Breeze Airways announces nonstop service to Las Vegas from HSV

  • HSV was charted at No. 21 in the continental U.S. for international air cargo

  • Kerry Logistics Network begins service to Asia from HSV as North America air cargo hub

  • LATAM Star offers new direct cargo service to Brazil from HSV

  • Avilution opens $3 million office, lab and hangar at HSV

  • HSV approved plans for construction of a new 111,000 square foot air cargo building for Kerry Logistics

  • Shamrock Investments new Runway Distribution Center 100% leased

  • Triad new 118,000 sq. ft. facility in Jetplex industrial Park 100% leased

  • HSV and Signature announce new $12 million expansion and renovation of FBO facility

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