May 30, 2014 6:54 PM by Ashlea Bullington
The Iberia Parish Council has approved one million dollars for an airport taxiway and $750,000 to add a passenger terminal to the Acadiana Regional Airport. Since 1967, the airport has only been used for military and charter operations.
With this being passed it means Acadiana Regional will now have the means to start regular commercial flights to Houston and other major cities that oil and gas workers fly to and from daily, "Workers in the oil and gas industry travel regularly. The biggest request we get is that they want to fly to Houston in the morning, conduct their business, and be home for dinner," Airport Director Jason Deviller told KATC.
The Iberia Industrial Development Foundation Director, Mike Tarantino, also told us that the parish is looking to invest even more into the airport. "We have been looking for ways we can invest in this airport, and this is first of many investments. I think you'll see an Iberia Parish's airport that will certainly benefit everyone in Acadiana," says Tarantino.
The next step for Acadiana Regional is finalizing the design of the terminal and starting the bidding of the construction of the terminal. They are hoping to have commercial passenger flights coming out of Acadaiana by the summer of next year.