|3/1/2012 ||2011 Passenger Numbers Released|
|5/11/2012 ||Airport Director Named Tourism Champion|
|6/19/2012 ||Fitch upgrades New Orleans Airport's Outlook from "Stable" to "Positive" with A-|
|7/16/2012 ||Spirit Airlines to Start Service at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport|
|8/28/2012 ||Southwest Adds 1.5 Million Seats in New Orleans Including a New Destination|
Big win for New Orleans
|9/14/2012 || ||Saints Store to Open in Armstrong International Airport|
As part of the
ongoing transformation at the Airport, a widespread revamp of concessions
program is taking place, the New Orleans Saints opened their Saints store at
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport today.
|9/25/2012 || ||Perlis Cajun clothing Debuts at Amrstrong International Airport|
|10/10/2012||Ticket Lobby to Expand with Whitney Bank 's Relocation|
Plan ahead for Thanksgiving Travel
|12/4/2012 ||Access Road Work May Cause Traffic Delays|
Plan for 15-20 travel delays due to construction.
|1/15/2013 ||Mayor Landrieu and Airport Officials Unveil Armstrong International Airport Improvements|
|2/5/2013 ||Record Crowd Passes Through Armstrong International Airport|
|2/7/2013 ||Mardi Gras Revelers Converge on New Orleans|
As locals depart for vacation, Mardi Gras relevers converge on the city. Plan to arrive 2 hours before your scheduled flight departure.
|3/4/2013 || ||Armstrong International Airport Traffic Continues to Grow|
End of Year Statistics Show Continued Upward Movement
|3/6/2013 || ||Federal Sequestration|
Airport encourages travelers to arrive 2 hours prior to scheduled departure.
|4/9/2013 ||Scheduled Charters to Cancun begin|
|4/17/2013 || ||Mayor Landrieu, Aviation Board and Regional Leaders Announce Plans to Build, New World Class Airport on North Side of MSY|
|5/7/2013 ||Southwest Adds Service between New Orleans and Austin|
|5/16/2013 ||New Aviation Board Chair Named|
First Female Chair of Aviation Board
|6/25/2013 ||Airport Sets Passenger Ranking Record|
Airport ranked #38 out of 827 airports
|7/22/2013 ||World-renowned Designer Cesar Pelli Joins Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport’s Design Team|
|8/1/2013 ||New Upgraded Aircraft to Debut in New Orleans|
|10/2/2013 ||Airport to Perform Emergency Exercise|
FAA Mandated Emergency Exercise Scheduled at Armstrong International
|1/1/2010 ||Moving forward in 2010|
Patricia Malone, Interim Director of Aviation
|2/1/2010 ||Safety is Our Goal|
Patricia Malone, Interim Director of Aviation
|3/1/2010 ||"New Beginnings, Greater New Orleans,"|
Patricia Malone, Interim Director of Aviation
|4/1/2010 ||Serving with Jobs|
Patricia Malone, Interim Director of Aviation
|5/1/2010 ||Hosting a Special Conference|
Courtney Courseault Thornton, 2010 AMAC Coference Co-Chair
|6/1/2010 ||The New Director of Aviation|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation
|7/1/2010 ||Hurricane Prepardness at Armstrong International|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation
|8/1/2010 ||Serving the Public both Inside and Out|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation
|9/1/2010 ||Sharing Information with the Public|
Need to get information from Your Airport? Iftikhar Ahmad, Airport Director, discusses the options that are available.
|10/1/2010 ||Assessing the future of the Airport - Part 1|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, gives his 100 day report to the New Orleans Aviation Board.
|11/1/2010 ||Assessing the Future of the Airport - Part 2|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation shares his strategy concerning "Operations" - Build internal capacity, Bid third party contracts, Consolidation of office space, Maintenance and service agreements, Analyze and evaluate PM/CM contracts, Improve customer service, Improve concessions, "Cleaning, Electronic timekeeping and Free parking.
|12/1/2010 ||Assessing the Future of the Airport - Part 3|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, continues his strategy conerning the Airport's Infrastructure and Finance.
|1/1/2011 ||A New Year - A New Beginning|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, reviews some new policies and introduces two new executives that will be joining the staff in 2011.
|2/1/2011 ||Establishing “Gold Standard” Governance|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses new Board policies and Transparency at MSY
|3/1/2011 ||Preparing for the Super Bowl|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses plans for getting the Airport ready for the 2013 Super bowl
|4/1/2011 ||Air Service Soars at MSY|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses new air service at MSY
|5/2/2011 ||Improving Services at MSY|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses the results of a recent Concessions Survey and ways we will use this information to improve Services at MSY
|6/1/2011 ||Planning for the Hurricane Season|
The 2011 Hurricane Season began on June 1st. Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses the Airport's Hurricane Preparedness Plan and what passengers should do to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm.
|7/1/2011 ||Airport Numbers Continue to Soar|
The return of tourists to the city is a welcomed sign that recovery from all of the natural and man-made disasters the city has survived is not only underway but is accelerating. Many of these tourists fly into the city using Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, a fact I believe is reflected in our increased passenger loads. Officials in the city that track tourism numbers state there has been a nearly 20 percent increase in tourism this year in New Orleans, as compared to last year.
|8/1/2011 ||Finding Jobs at the Airport|
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport plays many roles in the community. While some may think of the airport as nothing more than a transportation center where airplanes land and passengers and cargo move from one place to another, in reality the airport is much more than that. The airport is a source of revenue for government municipalities, a partner in industry with local businesses and most importantly in this troubled economy a provider of jobs.
|09/01/2011||Airport Expansion - A New Plan for the Future|
At the August New Orleans Aviation Board meeting, the following letter from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was presented to the Board Chairman Nolan V. Rollins by New Orleans city officials:
|10/11/2011||Developments at Armstrong International Airport|
|11/1/2011 ||Holiday Travel Tips at Armstrong International Airport|
As we enter the holiday season, many of our residents will be traveling by air to visit loved ones and friends. I would like to share some tips with you that might make your travel through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport a little easier.
|12/1/2011 ||Preparing for Emergencies|
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses recent table-top exercises and full-scale exercises held at MSY.
|1/1/2012 ||Building for the Future|
We believe that our journey to becoming a world class airportis not an event but a process. To get to the world class airportstatus, we are working on a feasibility study for a new airportterminal to be constructed on the Airport property associatedwith steady progress on the completion of our $300 milliondollar modernization of the existing terminal.
|3/1/2012 ||New Airport Developments|
As Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continues its modernization of the existing airport campus by Super Bowl 2013, the challenge by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to develop a "world class airport” has been heard and preliminary steps to address the directive are underway.
|4/1/2012 ||Accountability & Transparency at MSY|
Over one year ago, I reported to readers of the Airport Report that the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) and staff had taken significant steps to enhance a sense of accountability and transparency at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Very soon after I joined the MSY team in 2010, the Aviation Board requested audits through Harold A. Asher, CPA as a means of increasing transparency. In the early fall of that year after having studied the workings of the Airport, I submitted my 100 Day Report to the Board with a recommendation for audits after identifying significant system risks. These included a lack of policies and procedures and internal controls, lack of staff to conduct core business and findings of disproportionate revenues and expenses. I also recommended that the fleet of airport vehicles be significantly reduced and a new over-time policy for NOAB employees be set after Asher’s audit review of NOAB Overtime (posted on the Airport website).
|5/1/2012 ||Improving Concessions at MSY|
On our path to transforming the airport into a business that closely reflects the aspirations of our community, we have discussed many initiatives with you in these reports. One such initiative is upgrading the concessions at the airport.
|6/1/2012 ||Planning for the Hurricane Season|
June 1st is the declared first day of the 2012 Hurricane Season and hurricane forecasters are calling for a below-average hurricane season this year. Regardless of the forecast, the key is to always be prepared with a storm safety plan during this time of year.
|7/1/2012 ||Arts in the Airport|
Art and music are two important ways to showcase
a city’s unique ambiance, particularly in public structures. The use of the
arts in a public setting has been shown to create an improved public
environment through the enhancement of spaces, with the sights and sounds of
quality artists and musicians that are unique in their field and their
|8/1/2012 ||Preparing for the Super Bowl|
Orleans has been the host to some very big sporting events over the years, but
none bigger than a Super Bowl. As everyone must know by now, New Orleans will
be in the spotlight on Feb. 3, 2013 when the Super Bowl returns to the Crescent
City for a 10th time. This high profile game will bring attention to
our region, our city and our airport.
|9/1/2012 ||Pre-K air service restored at MSY|
By Iftikhar Ahmad - Director of Aviation, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
|10/1/2012 ||Airport Capital Improvement Projects Near Completion|
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is entering into the final phase of the $356 million modernization of the airport, as we get closer to our construction deadline of Super Bowl 2013.
|11/1/2012 ||Tips for Holiday Travel at Armstrong International Airport|
As we enter the holiday season, many of our residents will be traveling
by air to visit loved ones and friends. I would like to share some tips
with you that might make your travel through Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport a little easier.
|12/1/2012 ||Airport Construction Wrapping Up|
As we enter the December holiday season and approach the new year, I am happy to report we are completing the final touches on all of the construction and wrapping up our $356 million modernization program. We, at the airport, are excited about the changes and I know our passengers that have not been in the airport recently will be impressed by the new décor, the new shops and the new restaurants.
|1/1/2013 ||Airport Super Bowl Plan is Complete|
|2/1/2013 ||A Promising Year for MSY and Greater New Orleans|
|3/1/2013 ||Special Events Impact Traffic at MSY|
In January, we kicked off the year with
thousands of Sugar Bowl fans faithfully following their two respective
college teams to the Crescent City. This was followed by our yearly
Mardi Gras celebration that was extended a week to allow for the Super
Bowl to take place in the Superdome. Then if that wasn’t enough
following the departure of the Mardi Gras revelers after Ash Wednesday,
the airport was called upon to be the travel conveyance for stranded
passengers from the Carnival Cruise ship - Triumph. They were bussed to
us from the Mobile Cruise Ship Port after their emergency docking with a
final sojourn scheduled to the Triumph homeport of Galveston, TX via a
flight to Houston on 11 chartered aircraft from MSY.
|4/1/2013 ||A New Airport Under Study|
In 2012 while working feverously to complete the over $300 million modernization of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) was also working on a feasibility study for a new airport terminal at the existing airport location in Kenner. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had sent a request for the study to the NOAB in their August meeting in 2011. Justification for the study revolved around a number of factors.
|5/1/2013 ||A World Class Airport for a World Class City|
On Wednesday, April 17, the New Orleans Aviation Board took action to accept the recommendation from consultants contracted to do a study for the location of a new terminal. Four alternative sites were reviewed. The alternative options were (1) refurbishing the existing terminal site or build a new terminal on the (2) Southside, (3) Westside or (4) Northside of the existing campus. The recommended alternative that was approved by the Board was the option for the Northside of the airfield (see illustration on side 2). The completed comprehensive analysis came less than two years after New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu requested the Aviation Board undertake an in-depth and robust analysis of the four proposals for the future of the airport from the airport’s master plan. The study looked at financial feasibility, environmental impact, design, and operational impacts, including potential uses for the existing terminal and surrounding infrastructure.
|6/1/2013 ||Planning for the Hurricane Season|
June 1st heralds the first day of the 2013 Hurricane Season. Many hurricane forecasters have begun to make their predictions for the season. Regardless of the predictions, the key is to be prepared and have a storm safety plan.
|7/1/2013 ||Armstrong International Airport Soars in Strong Headwinds|
A recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology International Center for Air Transportation published in the Wall Street Journal has found that airline mergers, a deep recession and surging fuel prices have led to sharp cuts in airline service around the nation.
|8/1/2013 ||Important Endorsements and Rankings for MSY|
|9/1/2013 ||A World Class Designer
for a World Class Airport|
In a few short months, the New Orleans Aviation Board will be debuting the exciting look of the new $650 million Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport North Terminal. We have been actively working on the design of the terminal envelope since July, the same month that we were pleased to announce that famed architect César Pelli and William Raymond Manning of Manning Architects had joined the Crescent City Aviation Team (CCAT), the group charged with shaping a world class airport terminal in New Orleans set to open ahead of the 300th anniversary of New Orleans. They will bring a vision and world class experience to the project that is uniquely New Orleans.
|10/1/2013 ||Preparing for an Airport Disaster|
This month, our staff will be joined by law enforcement and first responders from the surrounding parishes to participate in the mandated, tri-annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) disaster drill. Airports are required to conduct the live full-scale planned exercise every three years to evaluate a response to a regulated disaster.
|11/1/2013 ||Holiday Travel Tips at Armstrong International Airport|
As we enter the holiday season, many of our residents will be traveling by air to visit loved ones and friends. I would like to share some tips that will enhance your travel experience through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
|12/1/2013 ||2013 - A Very Good Year
As we look back on 2013, it has been a year of exciting accomplishments at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. I would like to recap just a few.
|2/14/1954 ||'I Flew with Moisant'|
Gulfport Woman Recalls meeting the namesake for the Airport in New Orleans.
|3/22/1987 ||N.O. airport: Deregulation's been trying|
The Times-Picayune, March 22, 1987
|4/16/2007 ||Inside MSY - Spring 2007|
Music to your Eyes campaign rolls on, Cell Phone Lot opens and A Word from Sean
|12/15/2007||Inside MSY - Winter 2007|
SWA Star of the Month, Cranes in the Sky, Wi-Fi Access now offered and AeroMexico Charters
|3/15/2008 ||Inside MSY - Spring 2008|
JetBlue begins Boston Service, ExpressJet 1-year Anniversary, Air Force One meets Mexico One and NOAB Avcom Recognizes Employee
|8/15/2008 ||Inside MSY - Fall 2008|
AAAE 80th Annual Conference & Expo, New Zipper LIne, Surviving Gustav and Sound Proofing Program
|3/15/2009 ||Inside MSY - Spring 2009|
Unique Nuptial for NOAB Manager, AeroMexico Service Returns, Congrats to Tax Free 20 Years of Service
|8/15/2009 ||Inside MSY - Fall 2009|
Making Dreams Come True, Security Reminder, Honor Air Flights, Continental at Work and Capital Improvement Program
|3/10/2010 ||Inside MSY - Spring 2010|
Iftikhar Ahmad Named Director, Frontier Returns to MSY, Construction Moving Along
|10/15/2010||Inside MSY - Summer/Fall 2010|
The New United, Canadian Air Service Returns, Capital Improvements Program, ID Badge Renewal Procedures
|2/15/2011 ||inside MSY - Winter 2010|
San Francisco Service, Zulu Queen arrives at MSY, Saints Ambassador, ID Badge Renewal, Sugar Bowl, and more.
|11/4/2011 ||Inside MSY - Summer/Fall 2011|
"Throw Me Something" Fridays, In Remembrance - Henry Smith, NOAB employee luncheon, MSY Red Coat Retires, and more..
|Archived Press Releases|
|2/18/2010 ||New Orleans to Host Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Conference|
15th Annual International Aviation Forcast Summit will take place in New Orleans, LA
|2/22/2010 ||NOAB Names Top Candidate for Director of Aviation|
New Orleans Aviation Board meets with Director of Aviation from Dayton International Airport
|2/25/2010 ||Midwest Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service Between Kansas City and New Orleans|
New service between Kansas City and New Orleans to begin May 20, 2010
|2/27/2010 ||NEW ORLEANS AVAITION BOARD NAMES TOP CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR OF AVIATION POSITION
New Orleans Aviation Board meets with Director of Aviation at Dayton International Airport
|3/17/2010 ||Armstrong International Airport to Host Kick Off Ceremony for the Construction of Concourse D Expansion|
The airport kicks off another part of its $400+ Million Airport Capital Improvement Program
|4/21/2010 ||Aviation Board Approves Contract with Iftikhar Ahmad as Director of Aviation|
"We are so pleased to have Mr.
Ahmad join the team at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport,” said
Aviation Board Chairman Dan Packer
|5/6/2010 ||Armstrong International Sells $53.7M in Bonds to
Support the Ongoing Terminal Modernization Program
PFC Bonds to be used to upgrade the airport's facilities.
|5/18/2010 ||AirTran Airways Announces New Nonstop Service Between Milwaukee and New Orleans
New service between Milwaukee and New Orleans to begin October 7, 2010
|6/15/2010 ||Southwest Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service To the West Coast|
New Nonstop service to LAX to begin November 7, 2010
|6/25/2010 ||Fitch Affirms Rating on New Orleans Aviation Board $144M Bond Series 2009|
|7/1/2010 ||Armstrong International Concessionaire Hours Extended|
In response to increasing demand, Armstrong International Airport has extended the hours for its concessionaires
|7/7/2010 ||WestJet Announces Service between New Orleans and Toronto|
New service to Toronto, Canada to begin November 1, 2010
|7/9/2010 ||Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Receives $4 Million AIP Grant
|7/14/2010 ||Air Canada Announces Service between New Orleans and Toronto|
Service between Toronto and New Orleans starts October 30, 2010
|8/18/2010 ||Aviation Board Elects New Officers|
The NOAB elects a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman
|9/14/2010 ||Airport Receives $6.2 Million AIP Grant
|9/22/2010 ||Terminal Apron Work Shifts Flight Patterns|
|10/21/2010||Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport withdraws from FAA Airport Privatization Pilot Program|
|10/22/2010||United Airlines Announces Service to San Francisco|
|10/25/2010||Armstrong International Unveils New Website|
New Site Gives Travelers Ultimate Single-Stop Online Resource
|11/10/2010||Airport Receives Notice of Community Disaster Loan Forgiveness|
|11/19/2010||Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel|
|1/14/2011 ||Board Finance Committee implementing new policies and procedures|
"Gold Standard" Goverance Result from Two Analyses Commissioned by Aviation Board
|2/17/2011 ||United Airlines Resumes San Francisco Service|
|3/2/2011 ||Armstrong International Reports Record Post-Katrina Numbers|
Passenger numbers up 5.1% in 2010.
|3/3/2011 ||Mardi Gras Revelers Converge on New Orleans|
Mardi Gras is upon us at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and we are seeing our seasonal surge in passenger traffic.
|3/9/2011 ||New Orleans Receives Approval for Cuba Service|
MSY received federal approval to serve as a port of entry for flights to Cuba.
|3/11/2011 ||Airport Seeks Public Input on Concessions Offerings|
Survey to solicit public input posted on-line
|3/14/2011 ||Armstrong International Gains Additional Flights|
MSY gains additional flights to Baltimore-Washington, Nashville and Kansas City
|5/12/2011 ||Armstrong International Bond Rating Outlook Revised Upward|
|7/25/2011 ||Accidental Discharge at MSY|
|8/18/2011 ||Mayor Landrieu Calls for Robust Analysis on Future of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport|
Asks Aviation Board for a Financially-feasible Plan for World-class Airport
|8/26/2011 ||Hurricane Irene Impacts|
|9/2/2011 ||Airport Website Named a Winner in a North American Contest|
|10/7/2011 ||Terminal Improvement Project to Affect Vehicle Traffic Patterns|
|10/12/2011||Cuba Approves New Flight Service from New Orleans|
|11/21/2011||Plan Ahead for Thanksgiving Travel|
|1/24/2012 ||Revenue Bond Rating Affirmed by Moody's|