Hammond Northshore Airport Poised For Growth

A majority of a new investment is coming from the Louisiana Army National Guard, which is moving an aviation support unit from the New Orleans Lakefront Airport to the Hammond airport, which is farther inland.

The military has indicated an interest beyond the Guard unit that is coming to the airport, Foster and Ball said. Foster said the city will be protective of its remaining land and may have to look at helping the military secure other land for any future use there. Foster said he could not disclose what those plans are because the military asked that its plans not be disclosed until they become final.

The hurricane also spurred more use of the airport as a place for aircraft to land or refuel. Before Aug. 29, the airport had about 100 operations - either a takeoff or landing - a day. The usage skyrocketed to about 800 operations a day in September, but since has declined to about 120 to 130 a day in January, Ball said.

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