Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport preps for major enhancements

By Renita D. Young
The Baton Rouge (LA) Times Picayune

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is prepping for two enhancements that will likely set the airport up for more enhancements in the near future.

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is prepping for two enhancements that will likely set the airport up for more upgrades in the near future.

A $2.8 million project will lengthen the airport’s main runway by about 1,000 feet after adding a new threshold on the front and a new overrun on the back end.

The second project, costing about $4.6 million will install a new instrument landing system that is supposed to make navigation easier for pilots in some types of inclement weather conditions.

The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report reports that airport spokesman Jim Caldwall says both enhancements are long overdue, but will help make the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport more attractive to potential carriers. “You want to continue to improve your facilities in anticipation of future growth,” Caldwell told the Report.

Caldwell says that Elite Airways, a Melbourne, Fla.-based charter airline, still plans to add nonstop passenger service between Baton Rouge and other cities by summer. The company initially announced those plans in May 2013.

Officials recently confirmed the addition of a 3,000-square-foot WOW Café and PJ’s Coffee shop in the airport near the recently-renovated rotunda. The combined café and coffee shop are expected to open sometime in March.

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