Leesville airport to receive DOT funding
Published 8:00 am Saturday, July 30, 2022
The Leesville Municipal Airport will be receiving $511,938 from the Department of Transportation to fund the construction of additional taxi lane space, according to officials.
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announced this week that the DOT will be granting Louisiana a total of $1,101,788 to improve and modernize several local airports.
The grant will also dedicate $288,900 to the Acadian Regional Airport, $117,000 to the DeQuincy Industrial Airpark, $116,450 to the Jennings Airport, and $67,500 to the Springhill Airport.
Leesville airport manager Paul Jackson said that the project to extend taxi lane space is part of a long-term vision for the airport and will accommodate a new hangar that will be constructed in the future.
In January, the Leesville airport received $159,000 to help with financial losses experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic, and since that time Jackson said the airport has been operating consistently despite some recent setbacks from fuel costs.
“The high fuel costs have slowed activity, somewhat, but we are still open and we are still operating with flights in and out regularly,” Jackson stated.
Jackson said majority of the air traffic at the municipal airport is from private-owned and agriculture aircraft, as well as military and occasionally medical aircraft.