HSV’s Tucker Named Director of the Year, Small Airports Division

October 8, 2021

HSV’s Tucker Named Director of the Year, Small Airports Division

Press release by Airport Experience News

Industry media Airport Experience News has selected Tucker for his significant contributions to national aviation policy.

Rick Tucker is a 40-year airport industry veteran and has been with Huntsville International Airport since 1978.


HUNTSVILLE, Ala., October 8, 2021 – Port of Huntsville Executive Director and CEO Rick Tucker has been selected as Director of the Year, Small Airports Division, by Airport Experience News.

“Rick Tucker’s steady leadership hand over decades at Huntsville International (HSV), lifting both passenger and cargo activity, made him an obvious choice,” said Melissa Montes, publisher of Airport Experience News. “Rick has also had significant influence on national aviation policy through his work with ACI-NA, AAAE and the Alabama Congressional delegation.”

In Tucker’s role at Port of Huntsville, he is responsible for the overall management of Huntsville International Airport, the International Intermodal Center, and the Jetplex Industrial Park, which are owned and operated by the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority. He has worked for the Airport Authority since 1978, holding various positions within the organization, and was named executive director and CEO of Port of Huntsville in 1994.

“After more than 40 years in the airport industry, it’s an honor to be selected as the Airport Director of the Year by Airport Experience News,” said Tucker. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication to excellence by our entire team here at Huntsville International. From the visionary leadership of our board to the exceptional staff who have committed their lives and careers to making HSV the best – they inspire me every day! This has never been more evident than our successfully meeting the numerous challenges faced as a result of the pandemic. We have remained focused on our mission to serve. I am proud of this team!”

Tucker is the first of three directors of the year to be named by AXN for 2021. AXN’s selections for the medium and large airport categories will be revealed in the coming weeks. All will be featured in the November/December issue of Airport Experience News and will be honored at the 2022 Airport Experience Conference.


About Huntsville International Airport

The Port of Huntsville is an inland port facility that includes Huntsville International Airport (HSV), International Intermodal Center, Jetplex Industrial Park, Foreign Trade Zone #83, Signature Flight Support, Sheraton Four Points Hotel and Sunset Landing Golf Course.

Huntsville International Airport (HSV) is the largest commercial airport in North Alabama, serving over 1 million passengers annually. The International Intermodal Center, located at the Port of Huntsville, provides a single hub location specializing in receiving, transferring, storing and distributing international and domestic cargo via air, rail and highway. The Port of Huntsville is ranked at No. 19 for international air cargo in the continental U.S. with connections to Europe, Asia and South America. HSV features include two parallel runways at 10,000 feet and 12,600 feet (second longest in the Southeast U.S.), 2.3 million square feet of air cargo ramp space, cold chain logistic solutions facilities and is served by domestic and international all-cargo carriers. Visit for more information.

About Airport Experience News

Airport Experience® News is an information resource and event organizer focused on spotlighting the trends, issues and advancements that affect every point of a traveler’s journey through an airport. AXN provides in-depth coverage and analysis of the airport and air travel industries through its print magazine, its robust website and other channels.

The Airport Experience® Conference is the live extension of AXN, serving as the destination for key decision-makers and executives currently operating in or looking to expand into the industry. The annual event features on-trend and forward-looking sessions, an expansive Experience Hall showcasing existing and emerging concepts, and numerous networking activities. AXN also hosts the Airport Experience® Awards, celebrating excellence in the industry.