NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia might one day be a gateway for international trade.

Acadiana airport Director Jason Devillier tells The Advocate ( federal authorities have been asked to waive a rule that prohibits loud, older planes used in South and Central America from flying in the U.S.

Devillier said waiving the rule would make New Iberia an exclusive import-export hub, where merchants could take advantage of trade pacts the U.S. has with Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

He says the areas near the airport and south of New Iberia over which the planes would fly are sparsely populated.

Devillier says the Louisiana's congressional delegation has been asked to seek a waiver from the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration.


Information from: The Advocate,