BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The results of an economic community study affecting the Baton Rouge Airport were released to the public on Tuesday.
The study, developed by Baton Rouge management and strategy firm Emergent Method, says that the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport supported "nearly $1.1 billion in economic output." The report says this helped create about 4,500 direct and indirect jobs.
One area of concern highlighted by the report is what's known as "leakage". The report says that 60% people who live in and around Baton Rouge use other airports.
Anthony Marino, the BTR Director of Aviation says that the study's results provided a path forward to improve and be a fixture in Baton Rouge for years to come.
"When we began going down this path, we wanted to understand the full impact of this airport and what we could do to build upon it," said Jared Smith, BTR Board of Commissioners Chairman. "Our goal was to think differently about enhancing service, increasing utilization, adding routes, and furthering the role BTR plays as an economic development asset for our area. We believe this study and its results will be a tremendous catalyst in helping us do just that, and I look forward to working with our leadership team here at the airport to accomplish our goals and fulfill our long-term vision."
The entire report can be found HERE.