Executive Director Kevin Melton joined Chennault in 2018 from American Airlines, where he directly supported the Vice President for Technical Operations on national and international projects. Melton retired in 2016 from a 24-year career with the U.S. Air Force at the rank of Colonel. His operational background includes oversight of airport operations, air traffic control facilities, and combat airspace nationally and internationally. His additional international commerce experience was as the Department of Defense lead with the U.S. State Department to aid Iraq and Afghanistan’s civil airspace rebuilding initiatives that directly related to re-growing international air commerce for those two countries.
Melton is responsible for all operations and policies for the airport, which includes an aggressive focus on economic development and airport operations growth at the national and international levels. In this capacity, he is directly responsible to each of the airport’s tenants, three of which are major aerospace leaders at the international levels in their markets.
Under his leadership at Chennault, the Louisiana Department of Transportation awarded the airport the Part 139 General Aviation Airport of the Year for 2021.