Aviation

Clearing the Runway for Aviation Partnerships

Success is in the Air in Louisiana

Backed by industry leaders like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Airbus and GE Aerospace, Louisiana’s aviation industry is no stranger to sky-high opportunities.

From development-ready land at England Airpark and Acadiana Regional Airport, to specialized training programs like the Professional Aviation Degree at LSU of Alexandria and the FAA Certified Airframe and Power Mechanics program at Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC), there is robust potential for industry expansion in Louisiana and, in particular, the Alexandria and Lafayette Metro Regions.

The state is also home to several incentives, such as the Industrial Tax Exemption Program and the Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive, which provide unique advantages to Louisiana aviation.

Fast Facts

Food for Thought

11% Lower Annual Wages Than US national average for aviation industry Newmark Report, 2022
4 Airframe and Powerplant Schools In Cleco’s service territory offer training for aviation maintenance Louisiana Economic Development
800+ Acres Available for Development at England Airpark Including a 740-acre site adjacent to two active runways Louisiana Economic Development
50,000+ Air Operations Annually At the Alexandria International Airport (AEX) Alexandria Louisiana

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Aviation Advantages

Your Aviation Business Can Take Off In The Gulf South.

  • The Cleco service territory is home to multiple airports and airfields, many of which are in proximity to regional military activity. England Airpark, an independent political subdivision of the State of Louisiana, located beside Alexandria International Airport (AEX), has a $276 million annual economic impact with a million square feet of commercial space under lease. The Alexandria and Lafayette regions offer several sites dedicated for aviation-related manufacturing, maintenance and service, including several sites near New Iberia at Acadiana Regional Airport (KARA).

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  • Louisiana aviation companies have access to vast resources due to the state’s participation in the southeast region’s Aerospace Alliance. Within the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, hundreds of MRO facilities and more than 40 military installations exist, creating an environment where research and manufacturing get taken to the next level. Louisiana’s own Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans is one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the world with tenants like Lockheed Martin and Boeing operating out of the 2.2 million square foot building.

  • Universities and schools throughout the Cleco service territory provide industry-focused instruction for a variety of jobs. Louisiana Tech University, for instance, offers degrees in professional aviation, aviation management and aviation maintenance. The region also has several A&P schools, including Southern Louisiana Community College, SOWELA Technical Community College and Baton Rouge Community College — each offering training for aviation maintenance. England Airpark implemented the Aviation Career and Education (ACE) Initiative through their partnerships with LSU of Alexandria and CLTCC to offer certifications and degrees in aviation.

If you're looking for help, you're in luck.

Richard Cornelison

Director, Marketing and Economic Development

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager