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Houma airport parking a lot of Super Bowl planes

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A runway long enough to handle many large commercial airliners awaits the runoff traffic from New Orleans arrivals in Houma. A runway long enough to handle many large commercial airliners awaits the runoff traffic from New Orleans arrivals in Houma.

Houma, La. - The skies over Houma should be beautiful all weekend and there's something else about the airspace around the Houma-Terrebonne airport making it attractive to Super Bowl guests. 

It's one of the closest airports outside the Temporary Flight Restriction area that will be enforced around the Superdome Sunday.  It also has a control tower and a runway big enough to land a 737.

Pilots are already making reservations.

"As of the last count, was about 27 aircraft but then we just recently found out they're running out of room with the reservations in New Orleans and to expect more without reservations," says David Slayter, executive director of the Airport Commission. "Anywhere from 35 to 50 aircraft."

Slayter say there's plenty of room for all those planes. The parking areas are clear and they're prepared to close the second runway if they need more space.

The aviation centers are ready for guests, with beads and Houma hospitality.

"We've prepped up the place to make sure everything is right and we're ready," says Larry Guillot with the Houma Jet Center. "We have plenty of fuel and grass is cut. Everything's cleaned up."

Officials don't know who will be coming off the planes this weekend but it won't be the first time star power has visited the Houma Terrebonne Airport.  John Cusack and Robert De Niro shot scenes for a movie at the airport last year.

"He and John Cusack were here and both of them were very pleasant and very personable," says Slayter. "It was just interesting to be a part of that."

There's no bigger platform than the Super Bowl and no better time to share the spotlight shining on New Orleans.

"We have a lot to offer here and we are hoping that people will see it and appreciate it and come back," says Slayter.

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