The airport authority said it started constructing the US$4 million facility last month. The 10,000-square foot building is expected to be completed in 12 to 18 months.
In a statement, the it said the project was propelled by $3 million in capital outlay funding from the Louisiana Legislature, with the balance of the funding paid by the Chennault International Airport Authority.
It also said it is in talks with potential ground handling partners.
Said Chennault executive director Kevin Melton: 'We provide a low-cost alternative to the larger markets where expense, ground delays and airspace delays affect the efficient flow of goods.'
Said air cargo consultant David Whitaker: 'Chennault is a very robust airport with enormous potential and Southwest Louisiana is a cargo-rich region of the world.'