NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — Iberia Parish officials are fine-tuning a plan to add commercial round-trip air service from Acadiana Regional Airport to Houston for oil and gas workers and others by next summer.
Some $1 million has been allocated for taxiway improvements and another $750,000 will pay for building a passenger terminal at the airport, located just west of New Iberia.
"Our big plans are to get the terminal building under construction here by the end of the year," F. Jason Devillier, airport director, told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/SpnC0S ).
Devillier said he and other Iberia Parish officials hope to have commercial air service to Houston — two round-trip flights per day, three days a week — by summer 2015.
The plan is a response to demand by oil and gas service businesses located near the U.S. 90 stretch from Lafayette Parish to New Iberia, including companies at the Port of Iberia, said Bill Miller, president of the six-member Iberia Parish Airport Authority.
"That economic corridor northwest of Broussard coming toward New Iberia is growing by leaps and bounds," Miller said. "We've had a number of businesspeople ask us if it'd be possible to start getting some charter service going from the Acadiana Regional to Houston."
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com