Chennault’s two-mile-long runway has been active lately
Chennault International Airport’s most prominent feature is its massive 10,700-foot runway—capable of handling with world’s largest aircraft. Every day, the airfield sees an average of 65 takeoffs and landings—small Cessnas, large charter aircraft, military jets, business flights and airliners arriving for maintenance.
Officially open: Governor John Bel Edwards cut the ribbon marking the reopening of the Chennault runway after major rehabilitation work. The improvements will ensure that the runway can continue serving the needs of aviation well into the future.
Safety fly-in: Pilots from far and wide landed at Chennault for a fly-in aviation safety seminar sponsored by Chennault and the FAA.
Taking to the air: The McNeese Cowboys took off from Chennault en route to their game with the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.
Aerospace activity: Citadel Completions began operations at Chennault this year, doing full-scale interior completions for luxury and commercial aircraft. Citadel joins Northrop Grumman and Landlocked Aviation Services in performing aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services at Chennault.
Marketing Chennault: Chennault is actively seeking new companies—and jobs—to locate in Chennault Park, with the assistance of real estate development specialists Cushman & Wakefield.
In the pilot seat: Chennault’s new executive director, Kevin Melton, wants to take the airport to new heights. The former Air Force colonel is aggressively seeking new development opportunities. The goal: to add jobs and grow Chennault’s workforce beyond the current 1,500.