Louisiana Is a Strategic Location for the Aerospace Industry

Well situated for both inbound and outbound logistics, Louisiana’s unrivaled infrastructure offers strategic advantages for the aerospace industry. The state is home to:

  • Six interstate highways
  • Six Class 1 railroads
  • Six deepwater ports and six ports across the state offering foreign trade zone affiliation
  • Seven primary airports and four airports across the state offering foreign trade zone affiliation

View how Louisiana’s development-ready certified sites intersect with inbound and outbound logistics, view demographic information and more in the Site Selection Center.

Available Airport Locations Offer Industrial Property

The state’s major airports offer industrial property with runway access, available to companies seeking to establish operations with enhanced ROI and lower costs. Selected examples include:

  • England Airpark in Alexandria offers interstate, rail and inland port access as well as two runways and a 24-hour air traffic control tower and FBO. The site has no noise or operating restrictions and a new fuel farm.
  • Baton Rouge Metro Airport has two runways and 18 acres of aircraft parking space available which can accommodate a Boeing 757. With interstate, rail and deepwater port access, the facility also has a greenfield site under ownership for future developments.
  • Shreveport Regional Airport has numerous sites that can be developed. The facility has two runways, 500 acres of green field space, a 24/7 control tower and fire station. The Shreveport Industrial Park has more than 200 acres available with water, sewer, roadways, electric and natural gas already in place in addition to rail and port access. In addition, the airport’s second industrial park, the Warehouse District, has about 60 acres ready for development with infrastructure in place.
  • Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia hosts a global leader in aviation exterior painting services for large body aircraft and is positioned in the heart of the Gulf of Mexico helicopter industry. The airport offers 1,200 acres for development with access to an 8,000-foot runway and a unique 5,000-foot, lighted water runway for amphibious aircraft.
  • Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles has a 10,700 x 200 ft. runway capable of accommodating a very large commercial aircraft. With 500 acres for lease — including certified sites and 1.5 million sq. ft. of hangar and building space, it is an MRO center of excellence with interstate, rail and deepwater port access in a foreign trade zone.
  • Major tenants at Chennault include defense contractor Northrop Grumman, which maintains key surveillance and refueling aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. An $18.5 million, 112,500-square-foot new facility, Hangar H, is planned for completion at Chennault in 2014. Hangar H will be able to accommodate C-5 aircraft, one of the largest transports in the world. An $18.5 million, 112,500-square-foot new facility, Hangar H, was completed at Chennault in 2014. Hangar H is able to accommodate C-5 aircraft, one of the largest transports in the world.
“We’re making provisions for increased business activity in the region — now and in the future.”

Randy Robb
Executive Director (2008-2018)

Louisiana Offers an Extensive Selection of Strategic Sites

When it comes time to find the best location for your operation, Louisiana has an extensive selection of development-ready sites searchable in its Buildings & Sites Database.

The LED Certified Sites program further qualifies industrial sites based on zoning restrictions, title work, environmental studies, soil analysis and surveys.

Of particular interest to many aerospace operations is NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Now a multitenant facility for high-tech industries including advanced manufacturing, the main facility has:

  • 43 acres under one roof
  • An extensive overhead crane network
  • A deepwater port with access to highway and rail
  • 2 million square feet of manufacturing space