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October 13, 2017

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Mayor Landrieu Touts Major Successes at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Bolstering Economic Growth in Region

Recent report cites new airport construction as key factor in growth of economy

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NEW ORLEANS – According to recently-released data by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) grew enplanements by 78 percent between 2006 and 2016, making MSY the second fastest growing airport in America over a ten-year period. In 2016, New Orleans had over 5.5 million total enplanements, 15 percent higher than pre-Katrina levels, which indicates both a return of flights lost post-Katrina and an influx of new flights to the region.

"I’m thrilled that the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continues to serve as a crucial economic driver for the New Orleans metropolitan region. The data released by the FAA is proof that our hard work has paid off,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Since 2010, we’ve added three new international non-stop services, connecting our city with the rest of the world like never before. As we look ahead to our 300th anniversary, New Orleans is poised for big things across many sectors, making it a great time to welcome even more travelers to our world-class city.”

Last year, construction began on the new North Terminal at MSY, a $993 million project expected to create thousands of new construction jobs and significant opportunities for local businesses and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) in the region.Earlier this year, the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) formally voted to expand the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport North Terminal Project, bringing the total number of gates from 30 to 35. The five-gate expansion came after the airport exceeded all projected passenger enplanement targets and added new international flights to Europe and Latin America.

Earlier this month, Condor Airlines announced its 2018 flight schedule with twice-weekly flights operating on Thursdays and Sundays from May 17, 2018, through September 30, 2018, from MSY to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

In March 2017, British Airways began non-stop, year-round flights between New Orleans and London. The international flight departs four times per week from MSY to London Heathrow (LHR)and will increase to five weekly flights starting October 30, 2017.From London Heathrow, British Airways’ passengers can connect seamlessly to over 130 destinations in Europe and beyond.

In 2015, Copa Airlines began non-stop flights to Panama, departing four times weekly, increasing New Orleans' connectivity to Latin America.

New Orleans International Airport now has 56 non-stop flights, including 6 international, for a total of 150 daily flights.

Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation, New Orleans Aviation Board,said "2016 was a year of record growth for the Airport, surpassing 11.1 million passengers for the first time in history. The current trend has MSY on track to surpass that record in 2017. The growth in our domestic and international air service has poised New Orleans well for growth as we move to the future with the construction of our new North Terminal.”

Cheryl Teamer, New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman,said"The Airport continues to see success in air service growth bringing more and more new visitors to New Orleans each year. We have added nine new destinations in 2017 alone which has contributed to the local economy in a big way. The New Orleans Aviation Board is excited to bring you a new terminal in which has already contributed new jobs to the City and will continue to do so for years to come.”

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