Lafayette, LA – May 10, 2007
Starting-up airline Air Gumbo is pleasedto announce
its support for Shreveport Regional Airport’s
recent grant application to the Small Community Air
Service Development Program submitted to the U. S.
Department of Transportation. The grant of approximately
$1/2 million would be used to create and improve
airline service by attracting a carrier to offer
flights to Western states. Air Gumbo supports Shreveport’s
application because it has the potential of becoming
the beneficiary of the grant after it files its application
to operate as a domestic and international airline
with the DOT.
Air Gumbo’s CEO, Ralston Chapagnie, said “Shreveport
is an important strategic airport for Air Gumbo”.
Even before Katrina, Air Gumbo had established Shreveport
Regional Airport as its emergency evacuation station
for its main operation in New Orleans. Air
Gumbo also recognized that it could use the larger
Bombardier regional jets and transform Shreveport
Regional Airport into a mini-hub, adding revenue
to the airport in the form of passenger facility
charges that would otherwise not be realized.
Shreveport, with a growing robust economy, is lacking
easy access by air to the marketplace, and, according
to Champagnie, that limits its growth. “Air
Gumbo not only has the potential to offer direct
service at a significantly low fare to the marketplace,
but also has the potential to stimulate intra-state
tourism to Shreveport,” says Champagnie.
According to a recent Boyd Group report, small communities
such as Shreveport could face reduction or loss in
air service, and only 40% of grant applicants succeed
in getting grants like those applied for by Shreveport
About Air Gumbo - Air Gumbo, Inc., d/b/a
Air Gumbo, is a low-cost, low-fare, one-frill airline.
With a design-centric culture and experiential branding,
the carrier would serve Louisiana directly to destinations
within the United States, Canada, the Caribbean,
and Central and South America as well as to long-haul
operations to Europe and Asia. Its motto is “Louisiana’s
culture in the sky” and Air Gumbo’s invited
guests would be treated to a Louisiana party.
Please visit www.airgumbo.com for
more information or call Air Gumbo’s Information
Center at (337) 781-0034. Email inquiries can be sent