Environmental Management

Environmental Management

photo-aAt the Lafayette Regional Airport, our goal is to be one of the leading airports when it comes to managing and caring for our local environment. We recognize that growth needs to be managed to strike the right balance between the social and environmental impacts of the airport and the benefits we bring the area. Read on to discover more about the environmental effects of the airport operations and our initiatives to limit their impacts.


photo-bStormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

The purpose of our SWPPP is to identify sources of pollution potentially affecting the quality of storm water discharges or runoff from the Airport’s property and ensure implementation of practices to minimize and control pollutants in runoff. This is an important portion of the airports environmental program since almost all of the rain water that falls on the airport discharges directly in Bayou Vermillion or Bayou Tortue  (Click here to view).

photo-cMunicipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) Program

Under the LPDES General Permit for Discharges from Regulated sMS4s, the Airport is required to develop a comprehensive Stormwater Management Program.  To find out more on the work the airport is doing for its Public Education and Outreach, Public Involvement/Participation, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control, Post-Construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment and Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operators Programs click on the links below.

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan

This Plan is to identify sources of oil at LFT and outline procedures to prevent the discharge of oils and hazardous substances to waterways (Click here to view).

Annual Tenant Environmental Training

The Airport’s SWPPP and SPCC Plan require that training be given to Tenants and Airport Staff. The training event was held in August 2017.  Click here to view a copy of the training presentation.

Construction Site Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program

This program is to help contractors adequately implement the requirements of their construction stormwater discharge permit and provide requirements for contractors that are not required to obtain a permit.  Below are helpful links for contractors with links to permits, notices and summaries of environmental requirements that should be met during a construction project.

Post-Construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment

Post Construction Stormwater refers to the difference in rainwater runoff from an area before and after development.  As wilderness areas such as swamps, prairies, and forests are developed into cities, streets and residential areas the amount of water and pollutants that runoff during a rain event into the nearest waterway increases substantially.  The increase in runoff leads to flooding, loss of fish, erosion and property loss.  Along with the increased runoff come increases in pollutants which enter the waterways.  Some of the most common are trash, fertilizers, oils and pesticides.  These pollutants can cause increased algae growth and introduce toxic substances into the water and food chain that can impact your ability fish, swim and enjoy our waterways.

Around the country cities are enacting a variety of requirements in an attempt to lessen the impacts that development causes on waterways.  The most common and most cost effective ways that this is managed is by bring nature back to developed areas by incorporating trees, native plans, wetland area and ponds into designs.  These additions slow the flow of rainwater from a site giving the water more time to flow into the soil to replenish groundwater. They can also remove pollutants from the water by filtering or giving pollutants chance to settle out prior to the water flowing into a waterway.

Click here for more information on Post Construction Runoff.

Recycling Program – Paper, Plastic, Cans, Drycell Batteries and Small Electronics

The Lafayette Airport offers recycling services in the terminal.  Items such as paper, plastics and aluminum can be placed in the recycling bins located throughout the terminal.  Please note that liquids, food items, styrofoam and glass should not be placed in the recycling bins.

In the Business Center located on the second floor of the terminal items such as small electronic and batteries can be recycled by placing them in the collection container in that area.  Please note that only small drycell batteries are accepted i.e. no automotive or other vehicle batteries.  Also only small electronics are accepted such as cell phones and digital cameras.

Informational Brochures

Additional information and public events can be found at the following sites:


If you would like to provide any input on our program, please do so by contacting:


Ashley Simon, PE

Environmental Compliance Officer

Lafayette Airport Commission


Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) 2012 Emergency Contingency Plan for Excessive Tarmac Delays (Revised: May 2016)


Lafayette Regional Airport has prepared this Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to Daniel Elsea, Deputy Director, at daniele@lftairport.com. Lafayette Regional Airport is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because (1) it is a commercial airport or (2) this airport may     be used by an air carrier described in USC 42301(a)(1) for diversions.

This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, Lafayette Regional Airport will:

  • Provide for the deplanement of passengers;
  • Provide for the sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport; and
  • Provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

Lafayette Regional Airport has some facility constraints that limit our ability to accommodate large numbers of diverted flights and strongly encourage aircraft operators to contact the airport for prior coordination of diverted flights.

Part I: Airport Information

Name of Airport: Lafayette Regional Airport
Name and title of person preparing the plan: Daniel Elsea, Deputy Director
Preparer contact number: 337-266-4401
Preparer contact e-mail: daniele@lftairport.com
Date of submission of plan: July 20, 2012
Airport Category: Large Hub * Medium Hub * Small Hub *Non Hub

Part II: Contact Information
In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should contact the Deputy Director at 337-266-4401 for assistance.
After hours please call 337-266-4461 (24-hour Emergency Contact Phone Number)

Part III: Plan to Provide for the Deplanement of Passengers Following Excessive Tarmac Delays – Ground Support Equipment (GSE)
Lafayette Regional Airport does not own or operate any of the equipment needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft and is, therefore, unable on its own to provide for the deplanement of passengers. Additionally airport personnel are not trained to assist in the deplanement of passengers using equipment owned or operated by air carriers or contract service providers. We will provide a list of airlines, ground handlers, fixed base operators and others who may have the necessary equipment and personnel to safely deplane passengers to airlines as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines experiencing excessive tarmac delays at the contact number listed above.

Part IV: Plan to Provide for the Sharing of Facilities and Make Gates Available in an Emergency
The gates at Lafayette Regional Airport are under common use per airport ordinance to air carriers and are controlled by the airport. We direct our common use air carrier users to make gates and other facilities available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate, to the maximum extent practicable.

Part V: Plan to Provide a Sterile Area for Passengers Who Have Not Cleared United States Customs and Border Protection
Lafayette Regional Airport has defined sterile area capable of accommodating limited numbers of international passengers. We will coordinate with local CBP officials to develop procedures that will allow international passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Border Protection to be deplaned into these sterile areas to the extent practicable. Lafayette Regional Airport has an existing Contingency Plan for Diverted International / Pre-Cleared Flights with the CBP, and attached hereto.

Part VI: Public Access to the Emergency Contingency Plan
Lafayette Regional Airport will provide public access to its emergency contingency plan through one or more of the following means:

Posting in a conspicuous location on the airport website @ www.lftairport.com

Providing notice of the availability of the plan on the airport’s social media accounts.

Part VII: Contact Numbers of all Responsible Parties

Steven Picou
Executive Director
Daniel Elsea
Deputy Director
Giles Menard
Operations Manager
Mark Thibodeaux
Maintenance Supervisor
David McPherson
Airport Security Coordinator
Airport Police 337-266-4461 (24 hour)
Airport Fire Department 337-233-1652 (24 hour)

Air Carriers

American Eagle
Kurt Hanson (Manager)
Teddi Watson (Manager)
Phil Swan (Manager)

Department of Homeland Security – TSA
TSA 24 Hour Coordination Center Hotline 225-355-3460
AFSD-Screening Arden Hudson 225-354-2876 Cell 540-717-0512
AFSD-Law Enforcement Rob Klipp 504-472-9365
AFSD-Regulatory Eddie Smith 225-354-2883 Cell 225-436-1331
TSI Walter Francis Cell 225-772-0982
TSM Derrick Self 337-262-0117

Erol Catalan, Special Agent 337-262-6619
Homeland Security Investigations

U.S Customs Border Protection (CBP)
M-F 0700 – 2000 hrs 985-632-8182
S-S 0800 – 1600 hrs 985-397-1875

CBP C-100 Sector Communications 800-973-2867

Other Agencies
Signature Flight Support (FBO) 337-234-3100

LFT Supplemental Information

Appendix A

LFT Supplemental Information

Airport Operator Support

In support of Lafayette Regional Airport Aircraft Operators, and their mandatory compliance with US DOTD Three-Hour Tarmac Delay Rule legislation, the following information is provided:

1. Deplaning of Passengers into Terminal:

Deplaning of passengers into the sterile area will be coordinated by the respective

airlines. Entry into the sterile area from the tarmac is available through:

a. Jet bridge(s)

b. Airside doors into sterile area.

2. Passenger Transportation

a. The SIDA badged employee must always be present (including in the vehicle) during the transportation of passengers and accessible property to the sterile area of the airport.

b. All individuals and accessible property loaded into the vehicle(s) must be transported directly to the sterile area.

c. In the event the SIDA-badged employee experiences difficulty in controlling passengers during transportation to the sterile area, they must notify the respective aircraft operator Ground Security Coordinator (GSC) or Airport Police immediately.

2. Terminal Building Sterile Area:

a. Occupant Load Capacity is: 480 individuals

b. During hours when the TSA screening checkpoint is not operating, deplaned passenger movement will be limited to the Sterile Area.

1) Upon notification of possible multiple diversions, with the possibility of reaching the 3-hour tarmac delay rule, aircraft operator should coordinate with TSA to support re-opening the screening checkpoint. This will provide an expanded area for passengers to maneuver, in the event the 480 sterile area occupant capacities are exceeded.

c. Restroom facilities are available

d. Snack and beverage options available

e. Water fountain

f. Comfortable Seating

g. Computer charging station

h. Courtesy phones

i. Wireless Internet

j. 24-hour televised news broadcast

3. Terminal Building Common Area

a. Occupant Load Capacity for 1stand 2ndfloor common area:

1) Ground Floor: 600

2) 2ndFloor: 500 (does not include sterile area seating)

4. Security Information – During all operations, all participants must comply with the Airport Security Program and TSA regulations.

5. Department Roles and Responsibilities

Airport Operations– Facilitate request for aircraft parking, collect information for appropriate airport documentation. Insure that all rules and regulations regarding the flight operations are enforced. Assist airlines and passengers whenever possible. Coordinate with aircraft operations on aircraft parking.

Airport Police- Standby to provide emergency services if needed.

ARFF- ARFF Duty Captain may be asked to provide support to the Operations as needed.

Custodial Services– Insure that passenger facilities are maintained for use for the duration of the tarmac delay.

PIO– Public Information duties as needed.

Maintenance– Provide support service as needed to maintain facility, provide escorts or other services such as transportation using the Commission vehicles in case of emergency.


Appendix B

(following document provided by U.S Customs and Border Protection) In the event of an international flight diversion to the Lafayette Regional Airport, the U.S Customs and Border Protection – Port of Morgan City, LA., will coordinate with the diverted airline and airport partners to permit deplaning of passengers in the event of extended delays. All such flight diversions will be conducted in accordance with the CBP memorandum “Technical Fuel Stops” dated August 10, 2007 and the procedures outlined herein.

Aircraft Operator will provide initial notification of all international diverted and technical fuel stop flights to the Port Director / CBP Morgan City during regular port operating hours (0700 – 2000 hours. Monday – Friday, and 0800 – 1600 hrs. Saturday and Sunday) via telephone number: (985) 632-8182 and after hours at (985)-397-1875 (*see comment below).

In the event that CBP cannot be reached at the above telephone number the port director or supervisor can also be reached via CBP C-100 Sector Communications at 1-800-973-2867 (*). When calling, the airline representative should identify themselves to the Sector Communications Operator and request to be connected to the on-call supervisor. When calling, the airline representative should identify themselves to the Sector Communications Operator and request to be connected to the specific person identified in the list below. Upon notification by the air carrier of an international diverted flight, a determination will be made by CBP. Accordingly, CBP will contact the LAC Office (or representative) to provide direction on how to proceed:

*Port personnel will immediately notify the Port Director in all instances of diverted international aircraft.

Deplaning of passengers will take place at a sterile area which will be identified and cordoned off by the aircraft operator personnel. The airport has restrooms and vending machines available for use. The Lafayette Airport Commission will provide support to the aircraft operator upon notification, to include security, operations and logistics.

Security CBP in coordination with airline personnel, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will ensure that passengers remain secure in a sterile area preventing association with other passengers, domestic or foreign. Should need arise, Homeland Security Investigations will provide additional assistance. Airport Police (Lafayette Parish Sheriff Office – Aviation Division), will support the aircraft operator. The Lafayette Airport Commission will also provide support to the aircraft operator upon notification.


If you would like to provide any input on our program, please do so by contacting:

Ashley Simon, PE
Environmental Compliance Officer
Lafayette Airport Commission