Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY/KMSY)

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Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • New Orleans (MSY) accounts for 82% of all enplanements in Louisiana.
    • Of all seven commercial airports in Louisiana (LA), New Orleans’ Armstrong International Airport accounts for 82% of enplanements. This trend is continuing to grow. In a 12-month rolling comparison ending February 2016, MSY witnessed enplanement growth of 8.3%, whereas the remaining LA airports saw an average of -5.3%. This trend indicates that MSY is experiencing reverse leakage, with more and more people choosing New Orleans in lieu of other airports. (Source: Diio).
  • MSY is experiencing 9% growth year-on-year with over 10.7 million passengers in 2015.
    • MSY has broken many records lately. In 2015 New Orleans saw 5.34 million enplanements and 5.32 million deplanements meaning that the year was a record breaking one for MSY, with traffic growing 9.2% above the figure of 2014. This is a trend which is continuing to occur, with year-to-date figures for 2016 showing that MSY is expecting to surpass the figure of 2015 by  5.5%. (Source: NOAB Airline Activity Reports).
  • New Orleans’ income level is rising faster than US average. 
    • New statistics released by the Pew Research Group listed New Orleans as the #6 city for fastest growing population of upper-income earners, with two other catchment area cities also making the top 10 list. Between 2000 and 2014, upper-income earners grew 13% in the New Orleans MSA, while Baton Rouge (LA) – one hour NW of MSY – saw 11% growth (#9 city). Lafayette (LA) – two hours W of MSY – saw 13% growth (#4 city) for the same demographic. At the same time, overall personal income for the entire population within the catchment is on the rise. In the last 10 years, the region has seen a $15,000 increase in the average person’s income. With more income, there’s more oppurtunity for travel. (Source: Pew Research Group & Bureau of Economic Analysis).
  • New Orleans – Mardi Gras and so much more!
    • New Orleans is known globally as a world-class holiday destination. With festivals year-round like Jazz Fest, Essence Festival, French Quarter Fest, the legendary Mardi Gras, and so many others, it’s easy to see why people are always flocking to this city. In 2015, New Orleans saw a record breaking 9.8 million visitors, with $7,1 billion spent by those visitors. Visitors coming to New Orleans on average spend 4.2 nights in the city, with 28,630 hotel rooms on offer. In order to cater for this rapidly growing tourism demand, another 4,621 hotel rooms are currently under construction and in development, with many centred around a new 47-acre convention centre expansion project. At the same time, many more visitors are arriving in New Orleans as a gateway to board cruises to many destinations. New Orleans serves over one million passengers annually on cruise ships such as the Carnival and Norwegian, and that number of passengers is continuing to rise. You’ll feel the success of the city by walking down its historic streets and feeling the buzz of its atmosphere.

Marketing/and other support

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport recognises the investment in starting new airline service and it is the airport’s goal to to make any route and airline as successful as possible. To achieve this, the airport has a committed marketing and air service development team that partners with many city and private agencies, in New Orleans and around the world, to provide airlines with the tools needed to fill seats. In addition the airport offers:

  • Generous marketing support.
  • Strong relationship with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Strong relationship with local business leaders and trade organisations.
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Airport Catchment area

New Orleans is in an ideal position to serve a large area of the southern US. With no medium- or large-hub airports within 300 miles, people from across three states rely on New Orleans for their travel needs.

  • 30-min catchment area: Population of 877,765 with a purchasing power of over $22 million. Area encompasses New Orleans, Metairie and Kenner.
  • 60-min catchment area: Population of 1.6 million with a purchasing power of over $43 million. Encompasses the State Capitol of Baton Rouge to the northwest and the city of Slidell to the northeast.
  • 120-min catchment area: Population of 3.4 million with a purchasing power of over $83 million. Encompasses Lafayette and New Iberia to the West, Houma to the South, Hattiesburg (MS) to the North, and Gulfport and Biloxi (MS) to the East.
  • 180-min catchment area: Population of 5.3 million with a purchasing power of over $128 million. Encompasses the cities of Lake Charles and Alexandria to the West, the capital and largest city of Mississippi – Jackson – to the North, and Mobile (AL) to the East.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • $49 billion in trade was exported from Louisiana in 2015, making the state the sixth largest in the US for trade.
  • High production of petroleum products, natural gas, sugar cane, rice and seafood.
  • A new terminal is currently under construction and will open up space for future cargo growth.
  • New Orleans is one of the US’ largest hub cities for intermodal cargo transportation by truck, rail, air and sea. The Port of New Orleans alone is the seventh largest port in the US based on tonnage.


New Orleans terminal

New Orleans is currently consturcting a new terminal at a cost of $807 million.


  • New Orleans (MSY) is located in Jefferson Parish, 11 miles from the centre of New Orleans.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Two runways
    • 11/29 – 10,104 ft
    • 02/20 – 7,001 ft
  • Operating hours: 24/7
  • Terminals: One terminal with four concourses (A, B, C and D). In 2012 the airport completed over $300 million worth of terminal improvements.

As well as the airport, New Orleans' downtown area is also going through a major development.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news 

  • A new $807 million terminal to replace the current facility is currently under construction. Ground breaking occurred on 14 January 2016 and is scheduled for completion by 1 October 2018. The new 760,500-square-foot terminal will have 30 airline gates and will be situated closer to Interstate-10, which is the main road to the airport. Other project components include a parking garage with 2,000 spaces, a ground transportation centre and on-airport roadway system. Unlike the current facility, there will be a consolidated screening checkpoint with room for 17 TSA screening lanes. There will also be an in-line baggage system to seamlessly pass checked bags from an airline’s ticket counter, to TSA screening, and onto a staging area to later be transferred to the aircraft. Upon activation and operation of the new terminal, the existing terminal’s East ticket lobby and Concourses A, B, and C will be demolished to allow for the redevelopment of the area for aviation uses. Concourse D will remain and be used for charter flights. The vision for the new terminal is to have operations able to accommodate over 14 million passengers annually, placing MSY within the top 30 airports in the US.
  • A new on-site airport hotel is currently out for bid to be incorporated into the new terminal project. Requirements are a full-service, nationally branded hotel connected to Louis Armstrong International’s new terminal, which must offer at least 140 rooms, and capture the spirit of the new terminal’s design.
  • An expansion effort is currently taking place on the current Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, located in downtown New Orleans. This project will create a Convention Center Development District, encompassing over 47 acres, and will feature additional hotels, shops & dining, expanded convention center space, and a multi-modal transportation center hub. This will add to the 1.1 million square feet of exhibition space in 12 exhibition halls, 140 meeting rooms, and 4,000-seat conference auditorium already in existence.

Vital Statistics

  • 2015 passenger traffic: 5,295,621 domestic and 40,508 international enplanements, with a total of 10,673,301 passengers.
  • Freight: 88,613,394 lbs of freight and mail served in 2015.
  • Largest carriers: #1 Southwest Airlines, #2 Delta Air Lines, #3 American Airlines and #4 United Airlines.


  • Airport charges: Contact NOAB Accounting on 504-303-7500 for more information.
  • Annual report