Another year, another record at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Total passengers in 2017 finished at 12,009,512, surpassing the previous record total of about 11.1 million in 2016.
It was the seventh consecutive year of passenger growth, with a 35 percent increase since 2010.
“The airport is at record numbers, the second fastest growing airport in the country,” said Michael Hecht, CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc.
Hecht said the trans-Atlantic service added this year has been a hit. British Airways now operates five flights a week to London, and Condor Airlines flies to Frankfurt, Germany twice a week from spring to fall.
”It’s pretty extraordinary to go to sleep in a tube in Kenner and wake up at Heathrow, but that’s what happens,” Hecht said. ”It’s exceeding everybody’s expectations.”
“This is a clear sign that New Orleans isn’t just back on its feet, it is as vibrant as ever,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “As a top travel destination in 2018, we are in a position to see even more tourism growth during our tricentennial year.”
The airport will be adding new destinations in 2018, including San Jose, CA and Atlantic City, NJ.
Construction on the new terminal is scheduled to be complete in early 2019.
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