Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is also known as Ryan Field Airport, is located on the north of the capital city of Lousiana – Baton Rouge. It is a pubic use airport, and it serves travelers from all over the world. There are three leading airlines in the airport, including serves seven airlines, including American Eagle, Delta Connections, and United Express. The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport has a history of being the Harding Army Air Field, back in 1941 during World War II. The airport is designated for both public and military use. The owner is the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge. The airport codes are (IATA: BTR, ICAO: KBTR, FAA LID: BTR).
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is a small airport that covers only 1,250 acres and has three runways. 4L/22R is a runway with a concrete surface, and 4R/22R and 13/31 runways are covered with an asphalt surface. The airport also has a Cargo Terminal that is 33,000 square-foot. Based on passenger volume, B.T.R. Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is the second biggest in Louisiana. In 2018 the airport served approximately 805,000 passengers. Also, it had almost 1,013 military aircraft operations.
The airport opened in 1941 and was soon to replace the nearby municipal airport at Independence Park, which was considerably smaller in size. At this time, the airport was known just as Harding Field, being renamed in 1954 as the Ryan Airport, and then again in 1981, as the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR). During World War II, it was used by the United States Army Air Forces Technical Service Command as a maintenance and supply base, and during the war, hundreds of flyers received flight training in the city. Harding Field Lieutenant Colonel Cornelius O'Connor was credited with the first official landing at Harding Field. In reality, the first plane had landed there the day before when foggy conditions at the Downtown Airport on Goodwood Blvd. forced Lt. J. B. Thomas to divert to Harding Field. The Harding Army Air Field would be renamed Ryan Airport in 1954.