Lafayette Regional Airport (IATA: LFT, ICAO: KLFT, FAA LID: LFT) is a public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) southeast of the central business district of Lafayette, a city in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is owned by the City & Parish of Lafayette.
The airport is located adjacent to U.S. Highway 90 (future Interstate 49) on the east side of the city in proximity to a population center that is close to the offshore oil and gas activity in the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Lafayette Regional is home to one of the largest helicopter companies in the world, PHI, Inc. (formerly Petroleum Helicopters Inc.). Although the airport does not currently have international services, flights are operated to and from three major hubs in the southern U.S., being Atlanta (ATL), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) and Houston (IAH). Delta Airlines, via the Delta Connection, provided nonstop service from Lafayette to its hub in Memphis, TN until 2011 when it cut the Memphis hub by 25% and Lafayette, along with many other cities, lost nonstop service on this route. Allegiant Air began non-stop service to Las Vegas on November 3, 2011 but then ceased all service in February 2012. The airport serves the Lafayette Metropolitan Area, which consists of approximately 530,000 people.
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“Airplanes are invariably scheduled to depart at such times as 7:54, 9:21 or 11:37. This extreme specificity has the effect on the novice of instilling in him the twin beliefs that he will be arriving at 10:08, 1:43 or 4:22, and that he should get to the airport on time. These beliefs are not only erroneous but actually unhealthy.”
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