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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 [...]

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Gov. Edwards Dedicates Chennault International Airport Expansion

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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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 [...]