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Old 03-05-2012, 04:26 PM  
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The airport is owned and operated by the City of New Orleans through a "satellite agency" called the New Orleans Aviation Board. The majority of the members of the board are appointed by the mayor of New Orleans, and I think the mayor of Kenner, Jefferson Parish and St. Charles Parish each have a token representative.

Just like every other part of New Orleans city government, the airport board has been horribly mismanaged and corrupt ever since it came into existence. New Orleans mayors have used it as another tool for handing out fat patronage contracts to their cronies, and none cared much that this came at the expense of a modern, non-embarrassing airport. The last few airport directors have been indicted and convicted of various things. I think the New Orleans Inspector General recently called the airport a "pit of corruption," and that's probably an accurate description.

Like the rest of city government, there seems to be a genuine effort to turn things around.

There was some talk of privatizing the airport when Ray Nagin came into office, but like most of his ideas there was no real follow-up.
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