As the gateway to Northeast Louisiana, the Monroe Regional Airport is often a visitor’s first look at the region. Understanding the importance of making a great first impression, the City of Monroe continues to enhance the Airport’s amenities by adding a new Bayou Room Passenger Lounge. The $100,000 passenger lounge features work stations where you can charge mobile devices, flat screen televisions, a beautiful decor and an aquarium- all funded by a grant. The lounge is free to air travelers.
Another $600,000 plus in funding has been designated for additional enhancements at the terminal. A complete renovation of the Delta Pond at the entrance of the airport grounds is taking shape. The triangular pond is undergoing a major upgrade highlighted by a new waterfall and fountain. A newly-installed piping system will recirculate water at the site.
New lighting and flagpoles will enhance the aesthetic appeal of the welcoming landmark at the airport campus. A landscaped berm is also planned as background to the renovated area.
The pond lies at the foot of the Delta logo monument, which will also be resurfaced as part of the airport upgrades. The monument recognizes Monroe, Louisiana as the birthplace of Delta Airlines, whose origins date back to 1928. Delta Air Service was formed out of the Huff Daland Dusters crop-dusting company of Monroe. The crop-dusting company later added passenger flights and later evolved into Delta Airlines.
The renovation project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. An official lighting of the new pond is planned for September 2016.