Key Facts

Over the course of the past five years, the facility has spent $32.7 million on recapitalization projects to the airfield to sustain it for the next 30 years. Chennault features a 10,701-footlong by 200-foot-wide runway with 17-inch pavement, capable of accommodating any size aircraft. The airport has an annual economic impact of $300 million and a total impact of more than $7 billion since 1986.

Chennault offers rail access, access to a major taxiway, direct access to jets, ports nearby and adjacent access to Interstate 10 and Interstate 210. There is 1.5 million square feet of hangar, office, and warehouse space now in use with over 60 acres of concrete. Chennault has the longest runway of all airports located between Houston, Texas and Cape Canaveral, Florida. Chennault’s vision is to be the hub for aerospace activity in the region.


Site Information

  • 1.5 million square feet of building/hangar space now in use

  • 1,500 Employees work at Chennault International Airport

  • The 2 Mile and 17 Inch runway with 17-inch thick concrete handles any aircraft

  • $80 Million Annual Payroll

Where Chennault International Airport is one of our state’s great aviation assets...Chennault will continue to bring high-paying jobs and new careers in aviation to this region.
— Don Pierson, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development


  • Two-mile-long runway (10,701 feet x 200 feet) with 17-inch-thick concrete, capable of handling the largest aircraft in the world

  • FAA contract air traffic control tower

  • Part 139 certification

  • Average 65+ air operations each day

  • 24/7 security and fire protection

  • ILS and GPS approaches

  • FBO fuel and terminal service

  • No landing or takeoff fees

  • State incentives available


The city is very optimistic about the future of Chennault...We are confident that development at Chennault will generate more jobs and economic diversity for our area.
— Lake Charles Mayor, Nic Hunter


  • 1.5 million square feet of building/hangar space

  • $138 million in facility assets

  • 60 acres of concrete

  • Nearly 700 acres of land available for immediate development, including multiple state-certified, development-ready sites

Scope and Impact

  • Nearly $7 billion in economic impact since 1986

  • Some $300 million in economic impact annually

  • A diverse economic base with high-quality tenants such as Northrop Grumman, Citadel Completions, Million Air, Landlocked Aviation Services, Louisiana Millwork (Masonite), Bechtel, Habitat for Humanity, Luke’s RV and Tadlock LLC

  • Some 1,500 employees work at Chennault (tenant companies, support agencies and airport personnel)

  • $80 million in annual payroll

  • $32.7 million in capital improvement projects over the last 5 years