Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continues to expand
air service and passenger amenities. Over the course of 2016, the Airport
experienced a 21% growth in non-stop destinations, increasing from 48 to 58 cities.
With better access to New Orleans through increased non-stop service, the
Airport’s passenger numbers have grown and are on-track to exceed last year’s
record-breaking 10.6 million passengers. Passenger amenities also continue to
advance with new retail options, bars, and facilities throughout the terminal.
Multiple new flights were launched and announced in 2016. The following
list highlights the additional air service that was obtained:
Frontier Airlines provided additional service to
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with three weekly departures and to Orlando,
Florida, with four weekly departures.
Spirit Airlines added daily service to Los
Angeles and Atlanta.
American Airlines began daily service to Los
Allegiant Air began service to St.
Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida, a new destination.
GLO added daily service to a new destination
Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
GLO started new non-stop service to Huntsville,
JetBlue began service to Ft. Lauderdale,
Allegiant Air will begin service to two new
destinations-Cleveland, Ohio, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
The new international service announcements were undoubtedly
the highlights of last year’s air service news, bringing non-stop flights
between New Orleans and Europe for the first time in more than three decades.
European service will debut in March 2017 with British Airways’ four weekly
flights to London Heathrow Airport. Then in May 2017, Condor will launch
non-stop service to Frankfurt, Germany, with three weekly flights. In addition
to these new European flights, Choice Aire began twice-weekly service in
December 2016 to San Pedro Sula, Honduras
For the period ending October 31, 2016, a total of 9.2
million passengers traveled through Armstrong International. This number
represents a 4.2% increase in passengers over the same period last year.
October 2016 was also a great month because it was the second time in the
Airport’s history that more than one million passengers traveled through MSY in
a one month period. This passenger growth puts the airport on track to exceed
11 million total passengers in 2016, surpassing last year’s record-breaking
To serve the increased number of passengers, the Airport
completed several enhancements to the terminal. Mother’s Rooms were introduced
on each concourse in July providing a private space for mothers to pump or
breastfeed. Dook’s Place opened early last year in the East Lobby providing
delicious local cuisine by one of New Orleans’ 2017 "chefs to watch” Edgar
"Dooky” Chase IV. New bars were added on both Concourse B and Concourse C, and
renovations were made to the bar and PJ’s on Concourse D. More options to shop
while you travel are also available with Bayou Spirits, a specialty retailer of
adult beverages, now open in Baggage Claim, and Who Dat’s, a New Orleans Saints
retail store, and Tech-on-the-Go, a tech centric shop, opened on Concourse C.
2016 was a year of record-breaking growth. With the most
airlines and non-stop destinations in airport history, more passengers are
choosing to travel by air to get to and from New Orleans. We remain committed
to our goals of creating a better airport for our community and will work to
see this success continue in 2017.
Mark Reis, Interim Director
of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport may be
reached at email@example.com. Check your local listings for the air time of
the Armstrong International Airport 30 minute television program, "Airport
Alive” or view it on the airport website, www.flymsy.com, by clicking on the
"Airport Alive” link on the "News and Stats” page. You can now follow the
airport on facebook.com/MSYAirport and Twitter @NO_Airport. To find out how to
be a volunteer at the airport, click on "Ambassador” on the airport’s website