New Orleans

New Orleans Aviation Board Worked on Handshake Deals

What's a contract between cronies?


In addition to mopping up after a scandal that sent the director of aviation to prison and a controversy over lavish credit-card spending by board members, officials with the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport are busy trying to clean up another mess: For years, the airport has conducted millions of dollars in public business without written contracts, leaving the agency vulnerable to a host of potential disputes and lawsuits.