NEW ORLEANS The Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport (MSY) has set a new, all-time record with 12,009,512
total passengers served in 2017. Due to an increase in air service, 2017 was
another year of unprecedented growth at the Airport. Passenger totals from 2017
follow record-setting years in 2015 and 2016 with 10.6 million passengers and
11.1 million passengers travelling through MSY, respectively. Last year was the
seventh year of continued passenger growth, with an overall increase of over 35
percent in total passengers since 2010.
"Travelers from all over the world
are flocking to New Orleans for the unique culture, experience and people
here, said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Im so proud to see yet
another record-breaking year for the Airport. This is a clear sign that New
Orleans isnt just back on its feet, it is as vibrant as ever. As a top travel
destination in 2018, we are in a position to see even more tourism growth
during our tricentennial year. As construction progresses on the new North
Terminal, which will be complete in February 2019, we will continue to open the
doors to new opportunities for the people, businesses and visitors in our city.
In 2017, the airport obtained new
flights to various destinations including:
began nonstop service to two new destinations: Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU), and
Cleveland, OH (CLE).
launched four times weekly, nonstop flights to London-Heathrow (LHR), a new
international destination from MSY, and announced the addition of a fifth
frequency in October 2017.
Airlines began seasonal service to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU),
and John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH).
launched seasonal, nonstop service to Frankfurt, Germany (FRA), a new
international destination from MSY.
added more flights to Cancun, Mexico (CUN), for the 2017 season.
and Virgin America began daily nonstop service to San Francisco (SFO).
launched service to four cities including two new destinations with Islip (ISP)
and Providence (PVD) and two existing destinations with San Antonio (SAT) and
The fifth weekly
flight to London-Heathrow (LHR) with British Airways began.
Airlines added nonstop service to four cities including daily service to Boston
(BOS), Newark (EWR), and Tampa (TPA), and four times per week flights to
Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP).
Due to the additional flights in
2017, the average daily carrier seats improved to 21,266, representing a 10.5
percent year-over-year increase. Average daily departures also increased from
146 flights to 150 flights, representing 2.9 percent growth year over year.
Additionally, a number of new flights
are set to launch in 2018:
Delta Air Lines
will begin twice weekly service to Seattle (SEA) and Boston (BOS).
will begin seasonal, nonstop service to Columbus, OH (CMH).
Airlines will launch flights to two new nonstop destinations, Sacramento (SMF)
and San Jose (SJC), as well as its very first international flight from New
Orleans to Cancun (CUN), all scheduled to begin with one weekly frequency.
will operate four flights per week from MSY to Atlantic City International
Airport (ACY), a new destination from New Orleans.
expands service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ).
"A primary goal for the Airport and
the New Orleans Aviation Board is to expand air service and connectivity to New
Orleans, said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman Cheryl Teamer.
"This record-breaking achievement is a testament to the phenomenal job our
Airport team is doing in recruiting new service. We announced numerous new
flights in 2017 including the start of service to London, England, and
"Reaching the 12 million passenger
mark is a huge accomplishment for MSY, said Kevin Dolliole, Director of
Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. "More than
20 new flights were announced in 2017 making New Orleans more connected and
accessible than ever. We are excited to see this growth continue, and I look
forward to what is to come in 2018.
welcomes more and more people to New Orleans each year, reaching yet another
record for total passengers. With improved domestic and international travel
from MSY, people from all over now have the opportunity to visit New
Orleans." said New Orleans Councilmember Jared Brossett, Chair
of the Transportation and Airport Committee.
About Louis Armstrong New Orleans
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 14 airlines providing service to 57 nonstop
destinations, including six international destinations. A new world-class
terminal complex is currently being constructed. The new North Terminal will be
complete by February 2019. For more information, please visit www.flymsy.com.
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