Airport Surpasses Pre-Katrina Passenger Numbers
Since 2010 9 New Airlines and 19 Non-Stop
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) The Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport surpassed 2004 Pre-Katrina passenger numbers. Based on
year-end 2014 airport passenger data, the Airport served a total of 9,785,394
passengers, an increase of 6.3% as compared to last year. Prior to Hurricane
Katrina, 9,733,178 passengers flew through the Airport in 2004. Building on
five consecutive years of growth, the 2014 passenger numbers mark a significant
milestone for the Airport.
The Airport currently has 13 airlines
providing service to 45 non-stop destinations, including three international
destinations. These numbers mark another significant milestone in Airport
history with the highest number of non-stop destinations ever served. Without
the consolidation in the airline industry over the past few years, the Airport
would have a total of 17 airlines (i.e., AirTran/Southwest, Continental/United,
Since May 2010, the Airport has
recruited 9 airlines and secured 19 non-stop destinations. Additions to the non-stop
lineup in 2014 included: San Diego, California by Southwest Airlines;
Montego Bay, Jamaica by VacationExpress; Seattle, Washington by Alaska
Airlines; Newport News, Virginia by PEOPLExpress; and the international
destination of Cancun, Mexico by Delta Air Lines. New non-stop service recently
announced and available for immediate booking include: San Antonio, Texas
by Southwest; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic by VacationExpress; Oakland,
California by Southwest; and Cincinnati, Ohio, Orlando-Sanford, Florida,
Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana, all by the ultra-low cost carrier,
Allegiant Air. Also, this week Branson AirExpress Operated by Orange Air
introduced non-stops to Cancun, Mexico and Branson, Missouri including a direct
flight to Cincinnati, Ohio.
City is on a roll and the Airport is booming with more direct flights than ever
before and more passengers than before Katrina,
said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
"Our team has worked very hard this
year to manage costs and implement aggressive incentives to further increase
air service for our community, stated New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman,
Cheryl Teamer. "I am thrilled to see these efforts come to fruition.
"Our City is breaking records in many
different facets, said New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the
Transportation and Aviation Committee. "The Airport continues to be a driving
force for this region, and we look forward to breaking more records in 2015.
"New Orleans Airport handles 80.3% of
Louisianas over all passengers, Director of Aviation Iftikhar Ahmad said.
"With five years of continued growth, we have broken numerous records including
our total number of non-stops and U.S. enplanement ranking but surpassing
Pre-Katrina passenger numbers was the most important to our team.