EXPANDING OUR WORLD-CLASS PORTFOLIO BY ENTERING THE AIR CARGO SECTOR
Come join our dynamic business partners including Northrop Grumman, Landlocked Aviation, Citadel Completions and Million Air.
Chennault is expanding its world-class portfolio by entering the air cargo sector. With Chennault, you’re easy in, easy through, easy out. It’s the ideal site for locating air cargo operations.
- Sign a five-year lease agreement on our new air cargo facility and you’ll get two years free.
- Brand-new expandable pass-through facility that includes significant ramp space with room for oversized cargo and equipment staging — and 1,000 feet of finished office space.
- Landing fee incentives.
- Foreign clearance.
- Uncongested airspace and ground space.
Chennault also offers:
- Close connection to the nation’s No. 12 deepwater port by adjacent rail service.
- Adjacent interstate.
- South-central U.S. Gulf Coast location.
- Experience in hosting air cargo operations.
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.”