Facilities & Services

Chennault's unmatched facilities, services, tenants and expansion capacity make it the nation's premier industrial airport.

Scores of features make it an ideal location for your business.

Our one-of-a-kind runway is 10,700 feet long, 200 feet wide and 17 inches thick. It can accommodate every type of aircraft in the world. Chennault features 13 million square feet of concrete and about 1.5 million square feet of hangar, office and warehouse space.

A new facility, Hangar H, is Chennault’s latest expansion project. It is an $18.5 million, 112,000-square-foot facility that expands the airport’s capacity for on-site companies to maintain, repair and overhaul aircraft.

Chennault’s fixed-base operator (FBO), Million Air, is an industry leader in providing fuel delivery, flight services, pilotservices and personal-touch ground facilitation for military, corporate, private and charter aviation.

There’s also surrounding land available for future tenants. For example, the airport’s prime 343-acre Chennault Southwest property was one of the first of its kind to be certified under Louisiana Economic Development’s (LED) Certified Economic Development Sites program.
Certification means the site has met stringent criteria from the state, including extensive examination and documentation of the property’s suitability for economic development projects. In short, the designation means it’s shovel-ready for development.

Chennault is also:

  • A Part 139 designated Chennault International Airportairfield.
  • Served by an accredited, contracted air traffic control tower.
  • An enterprise zone, meaning businesses can get tax credits as well as certain exemptions from state and local sales taxes on building materials and equipment.
  • A designated a Foreign Trade Zone (Zone 87), which means imported parts are not subject to taxes, duties or quotas.
  • A site with east access to rail lines, Interstate 10, Interstate 210 and Lake Charles’ deepwater port.

About $232 million in economic activity takes place annually at Chennault. More than 1,400 people work at the companies based here, and those jobs add up to an annual payroll of $62 million.

The airport has 25-year-plus record as a hub for aviation maintenance.

To help meet the workforce demands, aviation technology training takes place right next door at Sowela Technical Community College, which has long been a Chennault partner in attracting sophisticated technology industries.

The community supports Chennault in a big way by attending open houses and the Chennault International Airshow. Additionally, local voters recently approved our 10-year property tax for economic development by a 2-to-1 margin.