By Iftikhar Ahmad – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Director of Aviation
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has set an all-time record high in total passenger numbers with a barrage of new airlines, non-stop destinations that includes four international cities. Based on year-end 2015 airport passenger data, the airport served a total of 10,673,301 passengers, an increase of 9.1 percent as compared to last year. Prior to 2015, the airport’s best year on record was in 2000 with 9,874,257 total passengers. Building on six consecutive years of growth, the 2015 passenger numbers mark a significant milestone for the airport.
During the year, passengers were able to enjoy:
- 58,011 cups of gumbo
- 228,253 beignets
- 64,542 plates of jambalaya
- 136,886 po-boys
- 393,671 regular cups of coffee
- 1,040 live music performances
The airport currently has 14 airlines providing service to 52 non-stop destinations, including four international destinations. These numbers mark another significant milestone in airport history with the highest number of non-stop destinations ever served among the largest amount of airlines. The following list highlights the additional air service obtained in 2015:
Allegiant Air: New ultra-low cost airline started service to four destinations – Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus-Rickenbacker and Orlando-Sanford
Southwest Airlines: Started service to San Antonio
Delta Air Lines: Started seasonal service to Cancun
Vacation Express: Started seasonal service to Punta Cana
Branson AirExpress: New airline started service to Branson and seasonal service to Cancun
Southwest Airlines: Started service to Oakland
Copa Airlines: New airline started international service to Panama City, Panama
United Airlines: Started seasonal service to Cancun
Delta Air Lines: Added additional flight to Detroit
Spirit Airlines: Started service to Las Vegas
GLO: New airline that started service to Little Rock and Memphis
Allegiant Air: Announced service to Pittsburgh starting in February 2016
Spirit Airlines: Announced service to Los Angeles and Atlanta starting in April 2016
GLO: Added non-stop service to Shreveport
Furthermore, 2016 has kicked off with more new service announcements, including Frontier Airlines announcing new service to Philadelphia and Orlando to begin in April 2016 as well as Allegiant Air announcing new flights to Jacksonville and St. Petersburg-Clearwater to begin in April 2016. American Airlines also recently announced new service to Los Angeles to begin June 2016, which will make our fifth airline to serve the Los Angeles market.
We have come a long way from 7,781,678 passengers in 2009 to 10,673,301 passengers in 2015. With five years of continued growth, we have broken numerous records including our total number of non-stop destinations and total number of airlines. We look forward to continued growth in 2016.
Iftikhar Ahmad, director of aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check your local listings for the air time of the Armstrong International Airport 30 minute television program, “Airport Alive” or view it on the airport website, www.flymsy.com, by clicking on the “Airport Alive” link on the “News and Stats” page. Follow the airport on facebook.com/MSYAirport and twitter.com/NO_Airport. To find out how to be a volunteer at the airport, click on “Ambassador” on the airport’s website homepage.
Reprinted with permission from theKenner Star
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