FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: March 26, 2014
Armstrong International Airport Sets
Passenger Ranking Record
Passenger Numbers Continue to Rise
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) The Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport announces a new passenger enplanement ranking for U.S.
Flights that has been reported by the federal agency, Research and Innovative
Technology (RITA) Administration Bureau of Transportation Statistics. RITAs
summary data ending on August 31, 2013 has Armstrong International ranked #37
among 812 U.S. airports in domestic enplanements and deplanements. Over
the 12 month period of the report, enplanements increased by 3.99% from
4,245,000 to 4,415,000 while deplanements increased 3.81% from 4,248,000 to
4,410,000. Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was ranked #40 among the
nations busiest airports. After the storm, the ranking dropped to #56.
Armstrong International is currently
served by 11 air carriers. Carrier shares are reported in the RITA report as
follows based on total passengers from July 2012 to August 2013:
Airlines 3,081,000 passengers with a 34.91% share
Air Lines 1,594,000 passengers with a 18.06% share
Airlines 1,191,000 passengers with a 13.5% share
Airlines 788,000 passengers with a 8.93% share
Airways 446,000 passengers with a 5.05% share
1,726,000 passengers with a 19.55% share
"This type of news is always very
positive for New Orleans, said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "The new
ranking indicates that we continue to be a popular destination for business and
leisure passengers alike.
New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman
Cheryl Teamer said, "The NOAB and staff have set as a goal continued growth in
air service for the New Orleans region. This new ranking is a positive
indicator that we are moving towards that goal.
"I am especially pleased with the
findings in this report, said Airport Director of Aviation Iftikhar Ahmad. "We
continue to draw air service, while many of our peer airports are in a decline.
We appreciate our airline partners and the faith they continue to show in the
New Orleans market by adding air service and new non-stop destinations.
Source: Louis Armstrong New Orleans