The need for a new airport terminal and ancillary development at Louis Armstrong International Airport has been identified for many years. In August 2011, New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu requested the New Orleans Aviation Board undertake an in-depth and robust analysis of the options for a new airport terminal facility. The requested analysis was to focus on: design, financial feasibility, environmental impact, and land use.
On April 17, 2013, the Airport announced its decision to move forward with a Long-Term Strategic Development Plan to construct a new terminal facility. The "Northside Alternative” was chosen as the most feasible option for a new terminal facility. After the decision was made, the plan to build a new terminal on the northside of the Airport was referred to as the North Terminal Project. Below is a location map showing the locations of the existing terminal and the new terminal.
In 2014, the Hunt, Gibbs, Boh Metro Joint venture was awarded to serve as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the North Terminal project. Under a CMAR, the contractor is brought on during the design process to provide input on constructability and phasing. By choosing a CMAR, the construction manager is at risk for delivering the project at a maximum guaranteed price and by a certain date.
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The Airport has launched a $1.029 billion capital program involving the construction of a new world class terminal and related facilities on the north side of Airport property.
The capital program includes construction of the North Terminal Project, enabling projects such as the airfield lighting vault relocation and FAA navigational aids relocations, construction of a storm water pump station, and a new on-airport roadway system. Other projects included in the capital program, which will be funded by third parties, include an aircraft fuel hydrant system, and a flyover interchange access from I-10.
Construction of the North Terminal Project was commemorated with a groundbreaking ceremony held on January 14, 2016. The world-class North Terminal was designed by acclaimed architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli, Manning Architects, and the Crescent City Aviation Team, a joint venture of Leo A. Daly Company and Atkins North America, Inc.
The new terminal has thirty-five (35) airline gates. Passenger experience will be improved with a consolidated checkpoint offering greater ease and efficiency for passengers going through security and an in-line baggage system where passengers will just drop off their checked baggage at the ticket counters. Other amenities include an adjacent 2,190 space parking garage and surface parking, concessions located down the center of the concourse to allow passengers to see their gate while enjoying a taste of New Orleans or picking up that last minute souvenir. Passengers should feel the spirit of New Orleans in the new terminal through the sights, smells, and sounds that reverberate all the best in our City. The new terminal is scheduled to open May 15, 2019.
For history and background information on the North Terminal project, please see click here.