Baton Rouge Metro Airport

Baton Rouge tourism and airport officials are preparing for a large influx of traffic through the city because of the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Feb. 3.

Some of the heaviest traffic will come through Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, where officials and businesses are expecting as many as 250 additional planes that will need to be parked during the event.

East Baton Rouge Parish animal control officials are investigating the discovery of a dead, malnourished horse on Metro Airport property.

Animal Control Director Hilton Cole tells The Advocate the 700-pound or so black horse appeared severely malnourished, to the point of emaciation.

He said the horse, a gelding, looked 300 pounds or so underweight.

Cole said he thinks the horse was already dead when it was dropped off on the property.

A psychiatric exam has been ordered for a Baton Rouge man who locked himself in the cockpit of an unoccupied plane at Metro Airport in August.

The Advocate reports that the order was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady at the request of J. David Bourland, Alessi's attorney.

Alessi has been held at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison since he surrendered to authorities at the airport.

No one was injured during the Aug. 22 incident.

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is advising all flights scheduled to arrive this evening or Wednesday will most likely be canceled. The flight schedule on Thursday will be based on forecasted weather conditions.

Travelers should check with their airline to confirm if their flight is affected. Travelers can find a list of airlines serving BTR on the airport's website.

The Baton Rouge Metro Airport's budget is projected to increase by nearly 5 percent in 2013 to $13.1 million. That's according to a proposal presented to the Airport Commission's finance committee.

Cary Morgan, the airport's business manager, says the increase from an expected $12.5 million expenditure in 2012 will be funded primarily through non-airline revenue, which is expected to jump $400,000 to $9 million.

Non-airline revenue comes from parking, concessions, rental car companies, leases of airport property and other sources.