There may be but a handful of vintage airport terminals left in the United States, and the very fact that some exist at all depends on some specific circumstances. Typically they are found at airports that for whatever reason could not, or did not, expand at a rate to justify destroying their original terminal and replacing it with a larger, more functional structure.
New Orleans Lakefront Airport
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services in New Orleans completed an extensive restoration of its terminal after Lakefront Airport suffered flooding from Hurricane Isaac in September. The $3.5 million facility opened as an FBO in February and Hawthorne acquired it only a month before the storm. Like other service providers on the field, the Hawthorne FBO was forced to relocate to a trailer while the ground floor of the building was gutted and rebuilt.
Business aviation continues to return to New Orleans and flourish. Flightline First, on New Orleans Lakefront Airport has added aircraft maintenance and avionics capacity to its list of FBO offerings. Innovative Turbine Aircraft Solutions has secured space at the facility and is offering aircraft maintenance.The MRO works on all King Airs, all Cessnas through the Citation 560, Beechjets and the entire Piper line up to the Cheyenne III.
On February 11, Lakefront Airport officials celebrated the 75th anniversary
AOPA is worried about an increase in charter and corporate aircraft operations squeezing out smaller general aviation aircraft at New Orleans Lakefront Airport if the FAA accepts a proposal for the Orleans Levee District to lease the airport to American Airports Corp.
Atlantic Aviation has signed letters of intent to acquire FBOs at two New Orleans airports–Lakefront (NEW) and Louis Armstrong International (MSY), formerly Moisant Field. Terms of the deal for the two FBOs, currently owned by General Aviation Corp., were not released, though the transaction is expected to close within 60 days, following due diligence and airport-authority approval.
Two years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, the FAA control tower has reopened. The new tower is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 119.9. Currently, Million Air is the sole FBO on the airport, although another FBO is getting ready to open, according to the airport’s fire department. Million Air was scheduled to break ground on a new permanent FBO terminal at Lakefront by the end of last month.
With next year’s NBAA Convention coming to New Orleans, Atlantic Aviation wanted attendees to know that it is in place at Lakefront Airport (NEW) and ready to serve. The existing Million Air facility is one of the best known in the country, but Atlantic’s Sue Sommers wants customers to know there is an alternative. She told AIN the hangar there is unusual–“like a big ark” with tiled walls and a curved wooden ceiling.
When Addie Fanguy finally managed to catch a ride to New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) with some National Guard friends two days after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast last August, he didn’t know what to expect, but he didn’t have high hopes.