Mayor wants to sell airport

April 04, 2007 at 2:09 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Mayor Ray Nagin has said that he would like to sell Louis Armstrong Airport, which is located partly in St. Charles Parish, to the state.

New Orleans needs the money and the city would sell it to any buyer for the right price. But he believes the state could expand it into a regional airport.

“I think it’s a better option if we could somehow figure out a way for the state to step in, provide the city of New Orleans with some kind of revenue stream that’s adequate compensation and then we turn that airport into something special that rivals O’Hare (in Chicago) or DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth),” he said.

State operation of the airport would probably give St. Charles a greater say in its operation since it is partly located here. At present, the parish gets to appoint only one member of the board that operates it.

Southeast Louisiana is developing into a regional area where people commute as far away as Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Public transportation is being talked about between those two cities and others in between.

It seems logical that the airport should serve the entire region. And the state could develop it into a major asset.

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