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RECENTLY COMPLETED AIR CARGO CROSS DOCK FACILITY, INCLUDING A LARGE PARKING APRON
Chennault’s new $4 million air cargo pass-through facility is the newest component in Chennault’s emergence as an aerospace center. The facility includes a 1,000-square-foot finished office area and a 9,000-square foot-warehouse, expandable to 30,000 square feet. The associated aircraft parking apron is 127,000 square feet, able to accommodate both small and large cargo aircraft. The facility was built to accommodate international cargo, in addition to domestic.
U.S. CUSTOMS PORT OF ENTRY
International flights can now clear U.S. Customs. Chennault has signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S. Customs and Border Protection that will enable the regular clearance of select international aircraft. The agreement allows for the clearance into the United States of foreign crews and air cargo by CBP staff in Lake Charles. The agreement also allows foreign maintenance-bound aircraft and crews to enter at Chennault. That’s a potential benefit to existing and prospective maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work, which is the top source of jobs at Chennault. Chennault will interface with Customs on behalf of industry partners to secure international clearances and front the corresponding costs for the service. Customs has agreed to respond with its local personnel to permit applicable international arrivals on a scheduled basis. “It was important for Chennault to formalize this relationship with U.S. Customs to ensure these foreign clearance capabilities,” said Chennault Executive Director Kevin Melton. “Our Gulf Coast location makes us an ideal airport for these foreign aircraft to enter the United States.” Long an industry leader in commercial and military MRO work, Chennault now seeks to add air cargo to its portfolio. Establishing foreign clearance capabilities is among the steps it is taking to enable commercial flight activity.
MEANINGFUL INCENTIVES FOR PARTNERSHIPS
Chennault is fully committed to work closely with air cargo stakeholders to mitigate new market entry costs. Landing fee and air cargo facility rent waivers are part of the package for airlines who partner with Chennault. “The willingness to change and look for opportunities outside of the norm is critical to remaining relevant in our dynamic world today,” says Chennault Executive Director Kevin Melton. “Chennault is a very robust airport with enormous potential, and the Gulf Region is a cargo-rich region of the world.”
THE BOTTOM LINE ABOUT CHENNAULT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Chennault International Airport offers capability, capacity, and value, encompassing a broad spectrum of aviation services, infrastructure, and amenities tailored to meet the demands of pilots, cargo operators, and aviation industry stakeholders that foster seamless operations, growth, and prosperity within the aviation ecosystem.
Chennault offers relief to airlines and freight forwarders who need space and attention.
Chennault offers value for companies to move goods through a brand-new facility built specifically for air cargo.
Chennault provides a low-cost alternative to the larger markets — where expense, ground delays, and airspace delays limit the efficient flow of goods.
EXPANDING OUR WORLD-CLASS PORTFOLIO BY ENTERING THE AIR CARGO SECTOR