It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. In his 9th year in the host seat, Ricchiuti's learned but uniquely NOLA informal perspective has established Out to Lunch as the voice of Crescent City business. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Flying Into Lakefront – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

In New Orleans when we talk about “going to the airport” we automatically assume we’re talking about Louis Armstrong Airport in Kenner. But there’s another airport. In Orleans Parish.

Lakefront Airport is over 80 years old. Not all those years have been great for business. For some of them the airport was boarded up. Today, Lakefront might finally be lining up for take off.

ben morris

The airport’s latest Director of Aviation is not the kind of guy you’d describe as a seat-warmer. More like a seat-kicker. Ex Mayor of Slidell Ben Morris now heads up Lakefront Airport.

 Brayton Matthews

Brayton Matthews is General Manager of an aviation company based at Lakefront, called Flightline First.

peter ricchiuti, brayton matthews, ben morris

Ben and Brayton join Peter Ricchiuti to talk over the future of Lakefront Airport, from fighting FEMA over flood prevention to plans for the airport to be a jumping off poiint to Havana. 

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon