Evansville Regional Airport Named “Indiana Airport of the Year”

Award recognizes EVV for world-class service, operational excellence and community involvement

Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) has been named “2020 Indiana Airport of the Year” by Aviation Indiana, a statewide industry organization and advocate for aviation interests for nearly 40 years. The esteemed honor recognizes EVV’s innovation in providing a world-class customer experience, safety, sustainability leadership, effective and efficient operations and community collaboration to further develop the economic impact of air travel in the Evansville region.

“It’s an honor for EVV to be recognized as Indiana Airport of the Year, and it’s a credit to all of our employees airport-wide, who continually go above and beyond to move EVV Forward,” said Nate Hahn, EVV Executive Director. “We continually strive to take care of our customers, address the needs of our partners and stakeholders and engage with our surrounding communities, and it’s nice to be recognized at the state level for our efforts that are truly transforming air travel and delivering a world-class experience in Indiana.”

Initiated in 2004, Aviation Indiana’s Airport of the Year award highlights excellence in airport operations, which includes economic development, aviation education, community outreach and marketing, safety and security, environmental improvements, aesthetics and airport management. The selection process also includes at least one site visit to the nominated airports.

“First and foremost, our committee was impressed with the overall quality of EVV’s application, which beautifully reflected the airport’s facility improvements, airport operations and EVV’s extensive community involvement and regional commitment,” said Karen Arland, Aviation Indiana Awards Committee Chairperson. “While at the airport, our visiting committee members were impressed with EVV’s high quality of cleanliness, maintenance and esthetics, as well as the staff’s friendliness.”

The committee also applauded the airport’s advocacy for aviation interests, highlighting Hahn and his staff’s involvement in industry organizations at both the state and national level.

“Evansville Regional Airport truly stood out on all fronts, from their investment in infrastructure and technology to improve its facilities, efficiencies and sustainability to positioning the airport as a community partner, all while continuing its operations as an integral regional hub and vital aviation advocate in Indiana, said Bart Giesler, Aviation Indiana Executive Director. “EVV richly deserves to be recognized as the 2020 Indiana Airport of the Year.”

As part of EVV’s recognition, The Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe) will receive a $1,000 donation from Aviation Indiana on behalf of the airport.

“Strong community partnerships are a large part of this award’s criteria, and as such, the winning airport is asked to select a community organization to receive the monetary donation should their airport take top honors, said Giesler. “EVV and the children’s museum continually collaborate through a host of impressive and impactful partnerships from the museum’s play area at the airport to their aviation-themed summer camp.”

Hahn accepted the accolade on behalf of EVV and CMOE during AI’s annual conference award ceremony held virtually on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.