November 2015

Chennault International Airshow

America's Premier Industrial Airport

Welcome to Chennault International Airport. Our complex is based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, near Interstate 10, the Interstate 210 bypass, railroads and the deepwater Port of Lake Charles.

We’re a world-class facility that can support your business growth and expansion. We offer impressive facilities, available properties, a Part 139 Airfield and access to a 10,700-foot runway. We serve both industrial and commercial companies.

A Salute To Russell T. Tritico, Sr. (1928-2015)

triticoWe at Chennault salute the memory and legacy of Russell T. Tritico, Sr. He served on the Chennault International Airport Authority board of commissioners from 1998 to 2015. His service on the board had a significant impact on the success of the airport.

Tritico was a respected leader and lawyer in the community. He served on the board of commissioners for the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District as well as the Chennault International Airport Authority. Tritico will be remembered as an influential citizen of Lake Charles and a valued member of the Chennault family.

Chennault International Airshow A Roaring Success

Airshow MainThe skies over Lake Charles came alive on Saturday, Oct. 24, for the Kia of Lake Charles Chennault International Airshow. The lineup of death-defying aerobatic performances brought down the house, and our runway was bursting with vintage aircraft displays, kids’ activities, interactive exhibits and dazzled audiences.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team dominated the skies with precision maneuvers in their signature F-16 jets, and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team showed off their jaw-dropping skydiving skills. Other talented performers included the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Kevin Coleman, Skip Stewart, Melissa Pemberton, Dan Buchanan and more. To learn more about the Chennault International Airshow, visit

Welcome New Board Member: Andy Hankins

AndyHankinsThe board of commissioners is pleased to announce the addition of Andy Hankins as the newest commissioner of the Chennault International Airport Authority. Hankins is the chief financial officer and funeral director of Johnson Funeral Home, Johnson & Robinson Funeral Home and Miguez Funeral Home, and he is the president of Hankins Consulting, LLC, in Lake Charles.

Hankins is a graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science Management, and he and his wife, Wendy, are members of Trinity Baptist Church. Hankins is no stranger to the aviation world; he is a private pilot and regularly flies his plane across the Southeast. Chennault is glad to welcome him aboard.

Tenant Spotlight: Million Air

Million Air, Joe TorresOur tenants are a big part of what makes Chennault great! Million Air is our fixed base operator (FBO) for charter operations as well as business and general aviation services. Million Air serves a wide variety of clients, and its facility is designed to make flight crews feel at home while visiting Chennault. A few of Million Air’s amenities include a state-of-the-art theatre, catering, on-site rental cars and a plush pilot lounge. Million Air offers pilots a taste of Southwest Louisiana hospitality, and Chennault is proud to have them as a tenant. Pictured: Joe Torres, Million Air General Manager