The Federal Aviation Administration recently released the updated National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) report to congress. The NPIAS contains all commercial service airports, all reliever airports, and selected public-owned general aviation airports. This report identifies nearly 3,310 existing and proposed airports that are included in the national airport system, the roles they serve, and the amounts and types of airport development eligible for Federal funding over the next 5 years. I want to take this opportunity to focus on the updates for the Louisiana Airport System and the development costs identified for Louisiana airports.
Louisiana’s system of airports consists of airports that work together to meet the needs of different market segments throughout the state. A key component of NPIAS report is identifying what role each airport plays in the national system and to assist in determining what facilities are needed at each airport that best allows it to meet its user’s needs. Existing airport classifications were reviewed, including the previous federal NPIAS plan completed and submitted in 2019. The state continues to support 7 commercial service airports in the major metropolitan areas. The state retained its 2 National classified airports within the national system and increased by 33% the number of airports classified as Regional in the national system. Further, the system reduced the amount of airports that are Unclassified by 20%.
The Based Aircraft in the state also slightly decreased by 8% (2, 274 aircraft) which is down from the 2019 study of 2,481 aircraft. The enplanements at our commercial service airports increased by 16% from 6, 697,106 to 7,796,544. The overall estimated development costs for NPIAS airports in Louisiana also increased by 16%. The 2019 development cost for 56 airports was $630.8 million and increased to over $731.5 million in the 2021 report. On average for the next 5 years, our commercial service airports realize needed development costs of over $58.1 million and our general aviation airports realize development costs of over $7.3 million.
Bradley R. Brandt
Office of Multimodal Commerce
Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development