More Passengers than Ever Before at Armstrong
Record-breaking 11.1 million passengers in 2016
(New Orleans, LA) – The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International
Airport (MSY) has set a new all-time record for total passengers served.
In 2016, a total of 11,139,421 passengers were served. This represents a
4.4% increase over the prior record set in 2015 when the Airport surpassed ten
million passengers for the first time in its history.
This achievement can be
attributed to the ever-growing list of new flights and destinations added in
2016. The airport experienced a 21% growth in non-stop destinations, increasing
from 48 cities in 2015 to 58 cities in 2016. Average daily departures increased
from 137 flights to 146 flights, representing a 6.7% year over year increase.
Average daily carrier seats also increased by 7.2% from 2015. Passenger traffic
peaked in May and October 2016 when traffic reached over one million total
passengers in each of those months.
record-breaking passenger totals can be credited to the hard work of airport
employees and community and business leaders who continue to recruit the air
service that allows the people in our community to travel to cities all over
the world for business and leisure,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
"The new terminal coming online in 2018 will serve as a great first and last
impression for the many visitors who travel to New Orleans.”
Many new flights are set to
begin in 2017. This month, Allegiant Air will begin non-stop service to two new
destinations Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Cleveland, Ohio. Spirit
Airlines will begin service to Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore/Washington, DC; and
Orlando, Florida, in May. New international service with British Airways to
London Heathrow will begin on March 27, 2017, with four weekly flights on their
Boeing 787-800, followed by twice-weekly service to Frankfurt, Germany, with
Condor starting May 3, 2017.
"The New Orleans Aviation
Board is dedicated to pursuing new service from New Orleans that will better
connect our region with the places people need to go,” said New Orleans
Aviation Board Chairwoman Cheryl Teamer. "That drive has helped the airport
surpass 11 million total passengers for the first time in its history, a superb
"Armstrong International has
had great success over the last seven years as it continues grow and improve
travel to and from the Greater New Orleans region,” said New Orleans Councilman
Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Airport Committee.
"MSY is truly Louisiana’s
airport, providing passengers with more non-stop destinations and airlines to
choose from than ever before,” said Mark Reis, Interim Director of Aviation for
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. "The airport’s mission is to
serve as the gateway to the Southeast and improve travel options for the local
community, and I feel we are doing just that.”
About Louis Armstrong New
Orleans International Airport:
Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport (MSY) is the primary commercial airport in the State of
Louisiana serving over 80% of all passengers flying into the state. Armstrong
International Airport is owned by the City of New Orleans. The New Orleans
Aviation Board (NOAB), an unattached board of the City of New Orleans, oversees
the administration, operation, and maintenance of Armstrong International. The
Airport has 17 airlines providing service to 59 non-stop destinations,
including eight international destinations. A new world-class terminal complex
is currently being constructed. The new North Terminal will be complete by
October 1, 2018, in time for the 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans.
For more information, please visit www.flymsy.com.