As 2015 comes to a close, we reflect
on our accomplishments to promote common good.
The results show that this has been yet another great year for Louis
Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Air service expansion is our top goal.
For the period ending October 31, 2015, total passengers served increased by
9.4% year-over-year. We have also seen a number of new airlines
enter our market while the existing airlines continue to grow by adding new air
service. This year, we have achieved an
all-time record high of 50 non-stop destinations. We have also hit an all-time
high in number of airlines by attracting service by 14 different airlines. The following list highlights the additional
air service obtained this year:
Allegiant Air: New ultra-low cost airline started
service to four destinations - Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus-Rickenbacker
Southwest Airlines: Started service to San
Delta Air Lines: Started seasonal service to Cancun
Vacation Express: Started seasonal service to Punta Cana
AirExpress: New airline started service
to Branson and seasonal service to Cancun
Southwest Airlines: Started service to Oakland
New airline started international service to Panama City, Panama
United Airlines: Started seasonal service to Cancun
Delta Air Lines: Added additional flight to Detroit
Spirit Airlines: Started service to Las Vegas
airline that started service to Little Rock and Memphis
Announced service to Pittsburgh starting in February 2016
Spirit Airlines: Announced service to Los
Angeles starting in April 2016
non-stop service to Shreveport
Our customer service accomplishments
include expansion of our food and beverage options to meet the growing number
of passengers. New restaurants include
Dook’s Place, Flight 504 and Zatarain’s Kitchen. Other restaurants have been renovated,
including French Market, Wow Wingery, and PJ’s Coffee.
As it relates to infrastructure, we
completed an Airfield Electrical Rehabilitation Project. This project involved the installation of all
new airfield lighting, including LED taxiway edge lights and new runway
lighting. The North Terminal Project
design was completed. The relocation of
the airfield lighting vault from the footprint of the North Terminal was
completed in October. Final coordination
is underway with the construction manager at-risk in the negotiation of a
guaranteed maximum price to construct the North Terminal Project.
Financially, the Airport’s total
liabilities have decreased by 6.2% over 2010 and our total net position has
increased by 9.5% during the same period. Consistent with our business
strategy, our non-airline revenues are increasing which reduces our reliance on
airline revenues. This allows us to lower
costs for airlines thereby increasing opportunities for new airlines to enter
the market and air service expansion by existing airlines. This in turn creates more business growth in our
region and thus more job opportunities.
As we look ahead to 2016, we remain committed to providing safe and
efficient facilities, excellent customer service and more options for travel. Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays from
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport!