BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Aviation branch is launching a new program called Fly Louisiana to bring tourism to Louisiana airports.

Fly Louisiana was designed to urge pilots and aviation enthusiast to visit airports throughout the state. The program supports general aviation, local businesses and tourism, and education by encouraging recreational flights to participating public airports in Louisiana.

Participants who sign up have the opportunity to win prizes. Any licensed pilot from any state, their passengers and and aviation enthusiasts can register by creating an account by downloading the AOPA app and select the Fly Louisiana program. Credits will be applied to participants by checking-in to any public airport in the state , as well as visiting aviation attractions, safety seminars and bonus activities.

“Other state DOT’s across the country have similar programs and have seen much success over the years,” said Renee Lapeyrolerie, DOTD Commissioner of Multimodal Commerce. “Everyone can participate in this program, not just pilots. It is our hope to encourage aviation throughout the state and even open the door for others to learn about this exciting industry.”

The Fly Louisiana app will be available on Sept. 2, 2022.