January 24, 2020

Huntsville International Airport (HSV), has been named the “#1 Small Airport in the US” as part of the 2020 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. It is the only airport in in Alabama to have secured a spot in the top twenty.

Nominees were chosen by a panel of experts which included editors from USA Today, editors from, expert contributors, and sources from other Gannett media properties. Finalists were chosen by an online public vote that took place over the course of four weeks.

“We are ecstatic that Huntsville International Airport has been chosen by voters as North America’s best small airport for USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards,” said Rick Tucker, Chief Executive Officer, Huntsville International Airport. “Our team works each and every day to provide excellent service to passengers, but we also work to represent this region well so that a visitor’s experience will reflect positively on the state of Alabama as whole. We are so grateful to our community for supporting HSV by voting. We share this honor with them and will continue to work hard to provide North Alabama and Southern Tennessee residents with even more great options at their local airport.”


What is a Small Hub Airport:

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) identifies nearly 3,330 existing and proposed airports that are included in the national airport system. The NPIAS contains all commercial service airports, all reliever airports, and selected public-owned general aviation airports.

Airports are categorized by type of activities, including commercial service, primary, cargo service, reliever, and general aviation airports. The percentage of annual passenger boardings at a particular airport in relation to the overall number in the U.S. determines the hub size classification of an airport. This is more clearly defined on this chart. ( )

See a full list of winners here

To celebrate winning #1 Best Small Airport in the U.S. Huntsville International Airport (HSV) will host a party that is free to the public at the brand new Mars Music Hall in Downtown Huntsville on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 7pm-10pm. The party will feature local cover band Juice and will serve to kick-off a series of celebratory events throughout 2020. HSV will continue to host Pop-Up parties across the region for the remainder of the year since we are a regional airport and want to celebrate this designation with all of our passengers. Details of how to reserve your spot at the HSV Kick-Off Celebration and deatails about the remainder of the HSV Pop-Up parties will be made available on the airport website at and on the airport’s social media channels: and as they become available.

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. Huntsville International Airport provides a MyHSV program that provides passengers with the service of a free travel agent to find the lowest fares out of HSV and book travel for them. This service is available by calling 256.258.1944. For more information, visit