Airports not only provide an important transportation infrastructure that facilitates the spacial movement of people and cargo; they also serve as major economic engines. The provision and use of aviation services at airports, as well as capital outlays, support a variety of economic activities that generate business revenues, jobs and income. The economic contributions of airports extend beyond their immediate vicinity, spreading throughout the entire state and beyond.
Results from a recent economic impact study of the State of Louisiana's 7 commercial and 61 general aviation airports undertaken by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development concluded that the economic impacts of the Lake Charles Regional Airport are as follows:
Source: Louisiana Airports Economic Impact Study, CDM Smith with assistance from GCR June, 2015