Watson Named Airport Director for Stennis International Airport

By Jennifer Baxter, Communications Director
Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission

Chanse Watson

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission announced that Chanse Watson has been named Airport Director for the Stennis International Airport (KHSA). In his role, Watson is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating activities, construction, maintenance and operations of airport and spaceport facilities.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to assist in the continued growth and excellence of Stennis International Airport, as well as the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission,” Watson said. “I’d like to focus on expansion of airport operations, services and supporting existing relationships – as well as developing new ones.”

Watson has worked in airports and aviation for almost 10 years, most recently having served as Airport Manager of Louisiana Regional Airport in Gonzales, LA.

A Louisiana native, Watson graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management with a minor in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Watson interned for New Orleans International Airport, where he later worked as Airport Operations Supervisor. He also served in the role of Assistant Airport Director for Lakefront Airport from 2015 to 2018.

Watson earned his Private Pilot Certificate in 2005 and has plans to complete his Instrument Rating, which requires additional training and allows a pilot to operate aircraft in Instrumental Meteorological Conditions. Watson also looks forward to establishing himself as a Hancock County resident, getting more involved in local aviation groups and working with the local community.

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission was established in 1963 to lead the county’s economic development activities. Stennis International Airport and Port Bienville Industrial Park are home to 30 companies with more than 1,000 employees. For more information visit www.portairspace.com