South Lafourche Airport Receives FAA Airport of the Year Award
(GALLIANO, LA, APRIL 16, 2007) – At the recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conference, the South Lafourche Airport received the Louisiana Airport of the Year award in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the enhancement of aviation in Louisiana.
Ted Falgout, Executive Director said, “This award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of this Commission to expanding and developing the airport. It is because of this Commission’s willingness to commit local funding at a greater percentage than required, that we can account for the rapid expansion we are experiencing.”
The Commission has expanded the services of the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport since acquiring it in 2001. The initial improvements included installation of security measures, fueling capabilities, construction of an aircraft storage hangar, and installation of an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS). Additional improvements have been made including extending the runway from 3,800 feet to 6,500 feet and installing airfield lighting and electrical requirements. The runway is currently being strengthened to accommodate wheel loads up to 75,000 pounds.
Larry Griffin, Commission President said, “Its close proximity to Fourchon makes it the airport of choice for both business and recreational travel to South Louisiana.”