Birmingham Airport Authority


Established in 1931, The Birmingham Airport has been welcoming travelers to The Magic City and serving as Central Alabama’s gateway to the sky for more than 80 years.  Governed by the Birmingham Airport Authority since its establishment in 1986, the airport has evolved into a catalyst for growth and economic development for the entire region.  In 2008, the airport was renamed Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to honor the world-changing legacy of late Birmingham civil rights activist Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

Mr. Sylvester Lavender, CPA
Interim President and CEO, Birmingham Airport Authority (effective Aug 1, 2018)

Birmingham Airport Authority Board of Directors

  • Mr. David Germany, Regions Bank
  • Mr. Chris Johnson, Stifel Public Finance
  • Mr. Robert Earl Kelly. Kelly Roadbuilders Inc.
  • Ms. Bobbie Knight, Ret., Alabama Power Company 
  • Mr. Edgar Marx, Jr., Marx Brothers, Inc.
  • Mr. Bill Smith, Shipt
  • Ms. Darlene Wilson, Relay Accounting Managment


Ex-Officio Member

  • Honorable Randall Woodfin, Mayor, The City of Birmingham


Executive Staff

  • Ms. Leslie Williams-Murray, Director of Administration Services
  • Mr. James Ray, Jr., P.E., Director of Engineering and Development
  • Mr. Mike Thompson, C.M., Director of Facilities
  • Mr. Sylvester Lavender, CPA, Director of Finance
  • Mr. Jim Payne, C.M., Director of Operations and Planning
  • Ms. Michele Porter, Parking Operations Manager
  • Ms. Toni Herrera-Bast, APR, Public Relations and Marketing Manager


Contact Information

Birmingham Airport Authority
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212
205-599-0538 fax