(New Orleans, LA) The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
set a new record by serving more than one million passengers in May 2016. This
is the first time in the Airports history that over one million passengers traveled
through the Airport in a one month period. This record represents a 10.6%
increase in total enplanements compared to May 2015.
This achievement can be attributed
to the ever-growing list of destinations and airlines the Airport offers. In April alone, the Airport welcomed new non-stop
flights to five destinations. Spirit Airlines began additional daily flights to
Atlanta and Los Angeles from New Orleans. Allegiant Air began flights to Jacksonville,
Florida, a new destination. Frontier Airlines added flights to Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, and Orlando, Florida, increasing the number of carriers providing
flights to these cities. With the recent announcement of non-stop service to
Germany on Condor starting next summer, the Airport has an all-time record high
of 54 non-stop destinations on 15 airlines.
"New Orleans is welcoming visitors
at a rapid pace, said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "May was a
record-setting month for our Airport and a testament to how integral it is to
our city and state. With new direct flights coming online and the new North
Terminal project underway, our future is bright.
"The Airport has experienced
continuous growth since 2010. Last year,
the Airport had a record breaking year with over 10.6 million passengers traveling
through the Airport, said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl
Teamer. "We are excited to see this upward trend continue as we strive to reach
new record highs.
"New Orleans is more accessible
than ever before. With more non-stop flights operating from the Airport,
passengers from all over the country are able to visit our City with more ease
than ever, said New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the
Transportation and Aviation Committee.
"Air travel is being redefined as the
way to travel. With the emergence of low cost carriers, more people are able to
afford flying, said Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong
New Orleans International Airport. "This, along with the addition of several
new destinations this year, has contributed to the significant growth of travel
at the Airport. Now with record totals of 15 airlines and 54 non-stop
destinations at Armstrong International, we are on track to see additional growth.