Chennault air cargo facility is ready for operations

Photo: Chennault International Airport

Chennault International Airport in Louisiana, US has completed a $4m air cargo facility that was built to attract international and domestic cargo.

Now available for lease, the facility on the I-10 corridor between Houston and New Orleans includes a 1,000 sq ft office area and an expandable 9,000 sq ft warehouse. The adjacent aircraft parking apron is 127,000 sq ft, able to accommodate all sizes of cargo aircraft.

The airport will work with industry partners to help certify the building, first announced in July 2021, for international cargo clearance.

“We have worked tirelessly to remove entry barriers for the air cargo industry,” said Chennault executive director Kevin Melton. “We have made investments in facilities, established a rich incentive program, and we will invest in ground equipment to support the industry. We are committed to share the risk associated with new markets.”

Chennault is offering a package of air cargo incentives with a potential value of $300,000-plus, including two years of free rent on the new air cargo facility with a five-year commitment.

The airport said it will also waive landing fees for all commercial air cargo landings for two years.

The airport has also approved the acquisition of more than $500,000 for specialised air cargo ground equipment to mitigate a capital expense that otherwise can be a barrier to start-up activity.

“The airport will work closely with industry partners regarding specific equipment needs for their operation and then help secure that equipment,” said Melton. “We are leaving no stone unturned.”

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]