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Old April 22nd, 2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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MSY | New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport

New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport

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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (IATA: MSY, ICAO: KMSY, FAA LID: MSY) is a Class B public use international airport in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is owned by the city of New Orleans and is located 10 nautical miles (19 km) west of its central business district. The airport's address is 900 Airline Drive in Kenner, Louisiana. A small portion of Runway 10/28 is located in unincorporated St. Charles Parish. Armstrong International is the primary commercial airport for the New Orleans metropolitan area and southeast Louisiana. The airport was formerly known as Moisant Field, and it is also known as Louis Armstrong International Airport and New Orleans International Airport.

At an average of 4.5 feet (1.4 m) above sea level, MSY is the 2nd lowest-lying international airport in the world, behind only Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport in the Netherlands, which lies eleven feet below sea level. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, MSY served 9.7 million passengers per year, nearly all of them non-connecting. In 2011, it served 8,382,236 passengers, an increase of 4.3% over 2010.

In February 2008, U.S. News & World Report ranked the travel experience at MSY 4th of the 47 busiest United States airports based upon the relatively small number of flight delays and frequently lower onboard flight loads. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport was once a major gateway for Latin American travel from the United States. That travel now mostly goes through other cities which serve as hubs for international legacy airlines.

MSY opened after World War II, replacing the older New Orleans Lakefront Airport (which kept the NEW and KNEW airport codes and now serves general aviation) as the city's main airport. MSY was renamed in 2001 after Louis Armstrong, a famous jazz musician from New Orleans. The National Weather Service forecast office for the area was once located at MSY, but has moved to the suburb of Slidell, and now uses the non-airport codes LIX and KLIX.


Main Terminal, Moisant Field 1960s

The airport was originally named after daredevil aviator John Moisant, who died in 1910 in an airplane crash on this land (which was devoted to farming at the time). Its IATA code MSY was derived from Moisant Stock Yards, as Lakefront Airport retained the "NEW" code.

Plans for Moisant Field were begun in 1940, as evidence mounted that New Orleans' older Shushan Airport (New Orleans Lakefront Airport) was in need of expansion or replacement. With the advent of World War II the land became a government air base. It was returned to civilian control after the war, and commercial service began at Moisant Field in May 1946. (On September 19, 1947, the airport was temporarily shut down as it was submerged under two feet of water in the wake of the 1947 Hurricane's impact.)

Starting in 1946, and for the next thirteen years, passengers arrived and departed from a large, hangar-like makeshift structure, until a new main terminal complex, designed by Goldstein Parham & Labouisse and Herbert A. Benson, George J. Riehl and built by J. A. Jones Company, debuted in 1959 towards the end of Mayor DeLesseps "Chep" Morrison's administration. The core of this structure forms much of the present-day facility. The Official Airline Guide for April 1957 shows 26 weekday departures on Delta, 25 Eastern, 11 National, 5 Capital, 4 Southern and 3 Braniff. Pan Am had six departures a week and TACA had four. On November 16, 1959 National Airlines Flight 967, a Douglas DC-7 flying from Tampa to New Orleans, crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.



During the administration of Morrison's successor, Vic Schiro, the government sponsored studies of the feasibility of relocating Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to a new site, contemporaneous with similar efforts that were ultimately successful in Houston (George Bush Intercontinental Airport) and Dallas (Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport). This attempt got as far as recommending a site in New Orleans East; a man-made island was to be created south of I-10 and north of U.S. Route 90 in a bay of Lake Pontchartrain. In the early 1970s it was decided that the current airport should be expanded instead, leading to the construction of a lengthened main terminal ticketing area, an airport access road linking the terminal to I-10, and the present-day Concourses A and B. New Orleans Mayor Sidney Barthelemy, in office from 1986 to 1994, later reintroduced the idea of building a new international airport for the city, with consideration given to other sites in New Orleans East, as well as on the Northshore in suburban St. Tammany Parish. Only a couple months before Hurricane Katrina's landfall, Mayor Ray Nagin again proposed a new airport for New Orleans, this time to the west in Montz, Louisiana. These initiatives met with the same fate as 1960s-era efforts in new airport building for New Orleans.

Historically, Eastern Air Lines provided extensive service from MSY, including Boeing 727 Whisperjet service to Dallas, Tampa, and Miami, as well as to New York City and Atlanta. Using 727s, Douglas DC-8s, and DC-10s, National Airlines at different times served Miami, Amsterdam, Tampa, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Through 1979, Southern Airways Douglas DC-9s frequented Armstrong International, a busy stop on its regional short-haul network. Delta Air Lines was another leading carrier at MSY, and for years carried more passengers out of New Orleans than any other airline. Its nonstop jet service to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles from New Orleans was advertised for decades on a prominent billboard on Canal Street downtown. Southwest Airlines now carries the most passengers in and out of New Orleans.

MSY was also the hub for short-lived Pride Air, an airline which operated Boeing 727s for three months in 1985.

On July 11, 2001 the airport was renamed after jazz musician Louis Armstrong in honor of the centennial of his birth. -Wikipedia




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Old April 22nd, 2013, 11:14 PM   #2
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Massive overhaul of Louis Armstrong International endorsed by aviation board



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The New Orleans Aviation Board gave a resounding endorsement Wednesday of an $826 million plan championed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to overhaul Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The proposal would put an entirely new terminal on the north side of the east-west runway, and would demolish the oldest parts of the existing terminal as the board searches for another way to use what will be left.

The board voted unanimously to recommend that proposal, choosing it from four options that a team of hired consultants spent 20 months examining. The next step will be a full design of the project and reviews by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Landrieu has said he wants the new terminal in time for the city's 300th anniversary in 2018, a five-year timetable that city officials and board members have called "aggressive" but also considered possible. "The mayor has believed this from the get-go, but it became very apparent to us, as we went through this process, that the best way to go is with the north option," Aviation Board member Roger Ogden said.

The mission of the redesign is to reduce operating costs as much as increase flights, Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad said. It costs an airline in fees and overhead about $8.49 a passenger to use New Orleans International. That's down from $10.20 a passenger in 2009, but Ahmad argued that to keep it less expensive, the airport must replace its aging infrastructure.

The north side site is currently a vacant field of about 42 acres that Ahmad said could accommodate the proposed $650 million 30-gate, three-concourse terminal with opportunity to add another 30 gates in future phases, should the airport need the extra space. It will also include a 3,000-space parking garage, a $17 million privately financed hotel, a $72 million state-financed power station and an $87 million ramp on I-10 to direct eastbound traffic to the new terminal.

The price tag for the terminal also includes demolishing three of the existing terminals. Board member Doug Thornton also assured that repurposed terminal and a $92 million rental car facility built in anticipation of the Super Bowl last February would be incorporated into the new layout. "All of that is going to be reused in a different way in the new environments," he said.

Board members said the airport would pay for the project by borrowing against its future revenue, as well as state and federal grants.

None of the plans call for city tax dollars to be used.

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Old April 22nd, 2013, 11:33 PM   #3
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Mayor Landrieu: Airport overhaul must be done in 5 years


Existing terminal redevelopment plan. The new North Terminal Alternative will dramatically change these plans.

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Although the exact date of New Orleans' founding is a matter of historical debate, May 5, 2018 will be close to the day Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville planted a flag along the Mississippi River 300 years earlier. It's also the drop-dead date Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad to shepherd through an $826 million proposal that, if successful, will completely reimagine Louis Armstrong International Airport.

"Iftikhar keeps laughing about that deadline, but that is a real deadline," Landrieu said Wednesday.

Ahmad will have little more than five short years to oversee the building of a $650 million, 30-gate terminal north of the east-west runway, along with a $17 million hotel project, a 3,000-space parking garage, a $72 million power station and an $87 million tie-in to Interstate 10 that will direct eastbound traffic to the new facility. The existing terminal, which at 54 years is almost double the normal lifespan of modern concourses, will be mostly demolished, leaving only the recently refurbished Concourse D intact.

With support from Kenner, St. Charles, St. Tammany and Jefferson parishes, Landrieu appears to have cleared the local politics that have tripped up past attempts to redo the airport over the years. And a new airport would represent no small legacy for Landrieu: if he wins reelection in February and the project is finished on schedule, he ostensibly could leave office the day it opens.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 08:09 PM   #4
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Famous Architect Added To Airport Design Team



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The New Orleans International Airport just bumped its design cred up a notch. César Pelli, touted as one of the most influential living architects, will be on the design team for the airport's $650 million expansion project. No stranger to New Orleans, Pelli designed the St. Katherine Drexel Chapel at Xavier University. He also designed the TWA Terminal Building at JFK International Airport and the World Financial Building in New York City. The plans for the north side of the terminal are the next step in getting New Orleans a "world-class airport."
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Old August 1st, 2013, 10:19 AM   #5
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Its doubtlessly one of the busiest airports I have visited even. Build up in a huge space yet too much rush all the time one can see.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 12:04 AM   #6
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This Just In! Check Out Renderings of New Airport Terminal



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The New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is finally lifting itself out of janky airport territory with a $826-million "world class airport terminal complex", expected to be completed by 2018. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the new north terminal is "the most transformative project for New Orleans since the Superdome,"with starchitect César Pelli, Manning Architects, Crescent City Aviation Team, and Leo A. Daly/Atkins on Team Design. The 650,000-square-foot terminal will have 30 gates and part of the project includes a $17-million on-site hotel.















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Old January 17th, 2014, 01:42 AM   #7
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When are they planning to start construction?
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Old January 19th, 2014, 05:07 AM   #8
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Is an Ode to the line.

Again my respects to Mr. Pelli
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Old January 21st, 2014, 07:44 PM   #9
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Construction is supposed to begin in the Summer of 2015. The construction manager at risk will go out to bid next month.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 06:37 PM   #10
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Some plans for the new terminal posted on SSP:
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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:14 AM   #11
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Copa Airlines has just announced new service to New Orleans from Panama City.

Nola.com: New Orleans airport announces new non-stop flight to Panama

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Copa Airlines announced Thursday that it will begin offering non-stop service four times a week between New Orleans and Panama on June 24, 2015. The announcement makes New Orleans the 11th U.S. destination for Copa Airlines and its 71st overall.

Until now New Orleans has been one of the only U.S. cities without non-stop service to Latin America.

Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, said in a statement that the new flights will not only boost business opportunities between Louisiana and Panama, but will also improve connectivity to more than 55 destinations in Latin America.

The announcement drew a range of local officials to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, including Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett, and New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman Cheryl Teamer.

Among those pushing hardest for the new international flight has been economic development organization Greater New Orleans Inc. Over the past two years, representatives from GNO Inc. visited Panama City on two occasions to meet with Copa Airlines chairman Stanley Mota and president Pedro Heilbron, according to GNO Inc. spokeswoman Caitlin Berni.

During the announcement ceremony, GNO Inc. CEO Michael Hecht said the new direct flights between Panama and New Orleans represent a "re-opening of the Gateway to the Americas."

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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:19 AM   #12
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International Destinations served directly from New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) as of 2015:


Toronto-Pearson


Panama City (begins 24 June 2015)


Cancun (seasonal) (begins March 7, 2015)

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Old February 11th, 2015, 11:52 PM   #13
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This will definitely be one of the more beautiful airports in North America.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 12:28 AM   #14
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Yeah it's definitely an improvement over the existing terminal, which currently has an awkward location/arrangement at best if not inconvenient. I am curious to see how they are going to arrange other various aspects such as relocating the existing consolidated rental car facility or long term parking however.
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Delta Airlines is planning to start a seasonal nonstop service to Cancun from New Orleans beginning in March.

Travel Weekly: Delta to serve Cancun from New Orleans
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Why no more international destinations? What's the reason?

Could imagine that BA or AF/KL (oth with B787) could launch at least 3 or 4 weekly services to their hubs.

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The reason why there are few international destinations served nonstop from New Orleans is primarily because it is not a hub for any major US airline, nor does it have any large corporations based there (compared with Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, NYC, etc). The metro area itself is also pretty small since it only has 1.4 million people.

That being said there were a few international airlines that once served New Orleans in the past such as Aeromexico, TACA, British Airways, etc and the airport was once the primary US gateway to Latin America at one point. However other cities in the Southern US (such as Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Miami) later rose to economic prominence while New Orleans stagnated economically especially when the oil bust occurred in the 1980's. Hurricane Katrina also had a huge effect since many airliners stopped serving the New Orleans market altogether such as TACA and Air Canada which only recently re-entered the market.
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Old February 15th, 2015, 04:32 PM   #18
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Some more facts and figures about MSY
http://www.anna.aero/2015/02/06/new-...rowth-in-2014/
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7 things to know about the new Louis Armstrong International Airport terminal

Louis Armstrong International Airport is celebrating the start of construction on its new terminal in a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 14) with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials.

Ahead of the ceremony, here's a look at seven things to know about the North Terminal project.

The price is just under a billion dollars.

When including the cost of building the new terminal, a fueling system being paid for by the airlines and plans to attract a private hotel developer, the total cost for the North Terminal project is $950 million.

The terminal will have 30 gates with an option of expanding to 42 gates.

Armstrong currently rents out 22 gates to airlines. The airport's chief, Iftikhar Ahmad, said the airport was on track to have more than 10 million passengers in 2015, an all-time high, and the new terminal's design is based on expected growth.

All passengers will flow through one security checkpoint.

The current terminal divides gates among concourses with separate security lines. The new system will allow security officials to better respond during peak passenger times, airport officials say. Nearly all of the restaurants and shops will be behind security.

There will be three times as many restrooms -- and more women's than men's.

The airport is also touting the new terminal's roomier design with more than 760,000 square feet. Waiting passengers will have more space to wait for boarding.

The terminal is scheduled to open Oct. 1, 2018.


The original goal was May 2018, but contract negotiations with construction manager Hunt-Gibbs-Boh-Metro dragged on longer than expected. The new date is still within the city's 300th anniversary -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu's last year in office.

Three of the four existing concourses will be torn down.

The airport intends to demolish concourses A, B (Southwest) and C (American, Alaska, JetBlue and others) while repurposing concourse D (Delta, United) for charter services and administrative offices. (See the existing terminal map here.)

Delta, Southwest and American airlines participated in negotiations with the contractor for the terminal.

The airlines operating at Armstrong also have to approve any change orders during construction and will meet regularly with airport leaders to check on progress. Airlines have a say because of their role in funding the airport. The airlines guarantee the airport will break even every year and have agreed to pay the annual debt service on the new terminal
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