SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Covered storage space for aircraft at Shreveport's Downtown Airport is in short supply, but the pending relocation of some weather observation equipment is expected to open room for more hangars.

Interim airport manager Stacy Kuba tells The Times the demand for hangars at Downtown Airport is testimony to the facility's success.

The area's casinos and its oil and natural gas business continue to make Downtown Airport attractive to general aviation pilots. It is home base to more than 300 airplanes, mostly small, private or corporate aircraft.

But there are only 175 hangars, four of which were built in the past two years. Kuba says there are 50 clients on a waiting list looking to base their planes in the hangars.