With the holiday season upon us, many
people will be travelling to visit family and friends. The Louis Armstrong New
Orleans International Airport is providing more convenient travel than ever
before with service to a record-breaking 57 non-stop destinations on fifteen
airlines. New domestic destinations include two new routes with Allegiant Air
to Concord, North Carolina, beginning November 18, 2016, and Cleveland, Ohio,
set to launch February 17, 2017. GLO also began service to its fifth
destination Huntsville, Alabama, on September 30, 2016.
To make your holiday travel from
Armstrong International a more enjoyable experience, we want to share some
helpful travel tips.
1. Travel on
general, the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are the busiest
airport travel days. Christmas and New Year’s occur on the weekend this year,
so it is expected that the Friday and Monday around the holidays will be busy
travel days. Passengers should take this
into account when making their airline reservations. Off-peak days may offer less congestion or possibly
a lower air fare.
2. Arrive early.
holiday travel season, the number of passengers travelling will typically be
greater than the rest of the year. For this reason, please allow sufficient
time to arrive, park or drop off passengers, check-in with your airline, and
process through security to arrive at your gate in a timely manner. Airlines
recommend that passengers arrive at least 2 hours prior to their scheduled
departure time. Remember not all
parking options may be available at all times during peak holiday travel. Consider taking alternate transportation to
the Airport to avoid parking congestion.
3. Avoid lines.
airline check-in process may be longer than normal during the busy travel
periods like holidays. To avoid these lines, it is recommended to check-in online.
Most airlines provide an option to check-in for your flight on their website or
using their app up to 24 hours before your scheduled departure time. Print
boarding passes at home or consider using an electronic boarding pass on your
smartphone. Also consider using a carry-on
bag instead of checking a bag so you can bypass the airline ticket counter and
go right to the security checkpoint with your boarding pass and carry-on bag. Please check with your airline on their
limitation of size and weight for carry-on bags.
Pre✓™ Program can also help speed up the process of getting to your
gate. Passengers enrolled in TSA Pre✓™ can expect a shorter wait time at
the security checkpoint and quicker screening because they do not have to
remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, or jackets when being screened. For more
information about the TSA Pre✓™ Program or to enroll, please visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/programs/precheck.
4. Follow TSA
packing and travel tips.
should be prepared for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security
screening process to help minimize the screening wait times. To expedite the
screening process, our passengers should visit the TSA website at www.tsa.gov beforehand to become familiar with what items
can and cannot be carried on-board the aircraft. The TSA web site has tips and
videos on prohibited items, the 3-1-1 liquid rule, traveling with infants, what
type of locks may be used on your checked bags and many more areas of interest
that will help you prepare for travel.
example, wrapped gifts are not prohibited as long as they do not contain any
item that cannot be carried on-board the aircraft. However, if for some reason
a wrapped package needs to be further checked by TSA, they may have to unwrap
it to take a closer look inside. We recommend passengers wrap their holiday
gifts after their flight or ship them ahead of time to avoid the possibility of
having to open them during the screening process. Items purchased after the
security checkpoint have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane.
We hope these tips save you time during your holiday travel and make
your visit to the Airport as stress-free as possible. We look forward to
welcoming you as you travel through Armstrong International this holiday season