Shreveport Downtown Airport plans to make improvements
Shreveport Downtown Airport plans to make improvements over the next 5 years, including extending their secondary runway.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
The Shreveport Downtown Airport is working on improving their current facilities, as well as expanding.
Shreveport's Downtown Airport is the third busiest airport in the state of Louisiana. It's the largest as far as how many planes it houses in its hangars, with more than 300.
Airport Manager Stacey Kuba says the airport runs off of about $800,000 per year. "All of the money that we make from our lot leases and our fuel sales, it all stays here. We don't use any tax payer money or anything."
Kuba says the airport has a 5-year plan to build new hangars, as well as extend one of their runways. It's planned to extend the secondary runway. She hopes it will attract bigger planes with more people on board. That means more money for them and the city. "They're going to the casinos," Kuba explains, "and they're using the business centers downtown, and so they're spending their money here in Shreveport."
Kuba says she's excited and this will bring great things to the airport, but the pilots are even more excited.
Tubreaux Aviation Pilot James MacVarish says not only will the larger runway bring bigger planes, but also bring safer take-off and landing conditions for pilots. "Different approach options too, different instrument approaches, which allows the pilot more options when the weather goes poor."
MacVarish adds that in cases of emergencies, the longer runway would be a great back-up for regional, or Barksdale. "Maybe we can't get in there, but 10 miles down the way we can get in. So this would be an option where they could divert short term until they are able to get back."
Kuba says the runway extension will come in phases. Most likely only in 1,000 to 1,500 feet segments over the next several years. New hangars are already under construction.