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Staying at Top of Game

July 28th, 2019|

Chennault International Airport hosted a two-day, intensive safety training course this week for airport personnel across the state, including New Orleans, Alexandria and Shreveport. The Basic Airport Safety and Operations Specialist school trains airport personnel on how to enhance and improve the quality of service in Louisiana’s aerospace community. More than 35 aviation personnel members learned flight line operations, airport [...]

Inaugural balloon festival brings “glow” to Lake Charles sky

July 21st, 2019|

Jude Yousser said she can jump just as high as the hot air balloons that gave tethered rides this weekend at the inaugural Southwest Louisiana Balloon Festival at Chennault International Airport. The 5-year-old — who’s quick to point out she’ll be 6 in September — jumped as high as she could while watching the hot air balloons slowly rise across [...]

Aviation Industry is Taking Off

July 16th, 2019|

The economy of the Southwest Louisiana Region is very diverse. Petrochemical and LNG industries are getting the most talk because of the billions in projects underway. The backbone of our region remains agriculture and forestry. Healthcare is growing and, in fact, currently employs more people than any other sector. Hospitality and gaming bring millions of people to our area each year and [...]

Severe weather in Oklahoma forces Air Force pilots, jets to seek shelter at Chennault

May 21st, 2019|

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Chennault International Airport housed around two dozen U.S. Air Force jets and their pilots this week. The T-38 Talon twinjet supersonic jet trainers were from Oklahoma, which has been facing severe weather this week. The Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma temporarily relocated multiple aircraft fleets to various locations around the U.S. According to Chennault, [...]

US ‘energy superpower’

May 15th, 2019|

President Donald Trump visited Sempra Energy's $10 billion Cameron LNG export facility in Hackberry on Tuesday, touting the United States as being an "energy superpower" under his administration, while also promising a new Interstate 10-Calcasieu River bridge, if re-elected. "Now we have an America-first energy policy just like we have an America-first policy," Trump said. "It's music to people's ears." [...]

Growing Momentum

March 28th, 2019|

view the Lagniappe article as a .pdf New Tenant, New Land And A Newly Renovated Runway By Emily Fontenot East of Lake Charles, just off the Interstate 210 loop, lies one of the more impressive sights in Southwest Louisiana: the towering hangars at Chennault International Airport, home to some of the world’s leading companies in aerospace and commercial services, such [...]

Flight Lines – March 2019

March 1st, 2019|

view the Flight Lines newsletter Becoming a Hub of Aerospace, Commerce Chennault International Airport had a busy 2018. We secured a major new tenant, acquired Mallard Cove Golf Course, and reopened our newly renovated runway, to name a few milestones. This year is proving to be equally as challenging and exciting. We're gearing up now for some big events [...]

Up, Up and Away: First Hot Air Balloon Festival coming to SWLA

February 22nd, 2019|

BY JACK VANCHIERE [email protected] The first Southwest Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Festival is set for this spring. This two-day event will be held at the Chennault International Airport.   The first Southwest Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Festival is set for 3-11 p.m. July 19-20 at Chennault International Airport, 3650 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Along with hot air balloons, [...]

Executive Director Wants to Take Chennault to Next Level

February 17th, 2019|

Chennault International Airport Authority’s purpose is economic development and creating jobs. “One of the biggest things we hang our hat on is our runway,” said Kevin Melton, the facility’s executive director. “It’s very significant from an airport perspective because we have the longest runway between Houston and Cape Canaveral, Fla.” Melton told members of Saturday’s 100 Men Breakfast at Greater [...]

Gov. Edwards Dedicates Chennault International Airport Expansion

December 4th, 2018|

September 25, 2018 Gov. Edwards Dedicates Chennault International Airport Expansion More than $18 million in runway, lighting, taxiway improvements herald new era for Lake Charles industrial airport BATON ROUGE – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined airport and community officials in dedicating more than $18 million in runway, taxiway and lighting improvements at Chennault International Airport, a premier industrial airport [...]

Mitch O’Neal Named Chennault’s Director of Operations

September 21st, 2018|

September 21, 2018 LAKE CHARLES, La. — Mitchel D. “Mitch” O’Neal has been named director of operations at Chennault International Airport. O’Neal is a nine-year member of the Chennault team, having served as an AAAE- certified operations specialist and air field superintendent. He previously was the foreign object debris and tool control manager for Northrop Grumman, helping to achieve zero-defect [...]

Chennault Main Runway Reopens After Major Repairs

August 27th, 2018|

August 16, 2018 LAKE CHARLES, La. — Chennault International Airport reopened its 2-mile-long main runway today after four months of major repairs and upgrades. Chennault staff walked the length of the runway side-by-side this morning checking for unwanted debris as a final safety measure before welcoming planes on what is the longest runway between Houston and Cape Canaveral, Fla. Constructed [...]

Tad Martin appointed to CIAA board

August 14th, 2018|

August 14, 2018 Kenneth B. “Tad” Martin was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of Chennault International Airport Authority, the governing body for Chennault International Airport. “I believe that Chennault International Airport is a driving force for the continued diversified economic growth of Southwest Louisiana,” Martin said, “and I am excited for the opportunity to contribute to that growth.” Martin [...]

Andrea LaFleur Promoted to Chennault Director of Executive and Airport Affairs

July 9th, 2018|

July 9, 2018 LAKE CHARLES — Andrea LaFleur has been promoted to Director of Executive and Airport Affairs at Chennault International Airport Authority. LaFleur has worked under five administrations at Chennault after starting at the airport 24 years ago as a receptionist.  From there she rose through the ranks to become executive assistant, a position she held for the last 10 [...]

Chennault Dedicates Boardroom to former Mayor Ed Watson

June 13th, 2018|

June 13, 2018 Chennault International Airport recently dedicated its boardroom to the former Lake Charles Mayor Ed Watson, a man whose advocacy was instrumental to the creation of modern-day Chennault. During his four years in office from 1985-1989, Watson successfully campaigned for the former Air Force base to reopen as an industrial airpark, making his case before both Congress and [...]

Kevin Melton Selected As Chennault Executive Director

April 4th, 2018|

Kevin Melton Selected As Chennault Executive Director Wednesday, April 4, 2018 LAKE CHARLES, LA. — The board of commissioners of Chennault International Airport Authority announced the selection of W. Kevin Melton as Chennault’s executive director, effective late April. Melton joins Chennault from American Airlines, where he was a project manager facilitating and directing airport terminal and hangar construction projects for [...]

Sowela Receives Donated Plane

October 10th, 2017|

Sowela Plane Revealed Tuesday, October 10, 2017 LAKE CHARLES, LA.—Sowela Technical Community College’s Boeing 727-200 training aircraft has taken on a whole new look through a generous donation of labor and materials from Landlocked Aviation Services. The aircraft, which was donated to Sowela by FedEx, is utilized for instructional purposes in Sowela’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program. The aircraft has been [...]

John McMullen Joins Chennault Airport as Director of Maintenance

March 9th, 2017|

Thursday, March 9, 2017 LAKE CHARLES, LA.—John McMullen has joined Chennault International Airport as Director of Maintenance. A native of Sulphur, McMullen is a McNeese State University alumnus, and he has been a state licensed commercial and residential contractor for 27 years. In 2015, he retired from Phillips 66 after 33 years of service in operations. McMullen is married to [...]

Denise Rau Elected To Chennault Airport Board

August 29th, 2016|

Tuesday, August 29, 2016 Lake Charles, LA.— Denise Emerson Rau was elected to its board of commissioners of Chennault International Airport Authority on Aug. 17. Rau is a Certified Financial Planner with Rau Financial Group. She has worked in the banking and financial planning industries since 1984. Rau is an alumna of Tulane University in New Orleans, and she received [...]