Airport project officials set up hotline for Kenner residents, business owners


The group in charge of building a new terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport has activated a telephone hotline where residents and business owners near the Kenner construction site can report problems and ask questions.

The hotline number is 504-444-6601, Kenner officials said in a news release Wednesday. The release said project managers will monitor the hotline and consult with airport, Kenner and regional officials to address questions.

Residents as of Wednesday could send text messages to the number, and they can also email questions about the project to Officials said voicemails can be left at the hotline number as well.

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Armstrong International Breaks All-time Record High for Total Passengers

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:

February 2015

Allegiant Air: New ultra-low cost airline started service to four destinations – Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus-Rickenbacker and Orlando-Sanford

March 2015

Southwest Airlines: Started service to San Antonio
Delta Air Lines: Started seasonal service to Cancun

May 2015

Vacation Express: Started seasonal service to Punta Cana
Branson AirExpress: New airline started service to Branson and seasonal service to Cancun

June 2015

Southwest Airlines: Started service to Oakland
Copa Airlines: New airline started international service to Panama City, Panama
United Airlines: Started seasonal service to Cancun

November 2015

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

December 2015

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 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,, by clicking on the “Airport Alive” link on the “News and Stats” page. Follow the airport on and To find out how to be a volunteer at the airport, click on “Ambassador” on the airport’s website homepage.

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City of Kenner Has New Executive Team Members

After the departure of former Kenner Mayor Michael S. Yenni, who was sworn in on January 6, 2016, as Jefferson Parish President, several openings were created within the Kenner administration and many of the positions were filled on that date.

Kenner Assistant Personnel Director Maria Leon has been named as Kenner’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. Leon, who has spent the past three years in the city’s personnel department, replaces Natalie Newton, who has moved on to a position with Yenni in Jefferson Parish. Bret Dardar, personnel processor for city for the past five years, has been named Kenner’s Assistant Personnel Director.

Stephen Michael Petit Jr. has been appointed director of Kenner’s Code Enforcement Department and Mary-Sharon Howland is the new director of the city’s clerk of court.

Former Kenner Code Director Aimee Vallot and former Kenner Clerk of Court Tamithia Shaw are taking jobs in Jefferson Parish.

Jay Sprague takes over as director of the city’s information technology and telecommunications department.

Former IT Director Valerie Waguespack is working for Yenni in the parish. In the city’s finance department, senior accountant Jean Caillouet, CPA, will be acting interim assistant director. Caillouet temporarily takes over the duties of former assistant director Victor Larocca, who is taking a job in Jefferson Parish. Caillouet has been with the city over eight years.

Kenner Chief Administrative Officer Mike Quigley said Kenner will be losing some excellent people, not the least of which is Yenni. “But the mayor was very careful to select some very qualified replacements. I am excited about the new additions to our team.” Leon, an attorney and graduate of Loyola College of Law, said she was grateful for the opportunity and excited to take on additional responsibilities. “I am lucky to be part of a great team here in Kenner,” Leon said. “I will work hard to do all I can to continue the momentum that Mayor Yenni and Mike Quigley created over the past five years. I am very excited for the new challenges this position brings and the opportunity to better serve the city of Kenner and its citizens.”

Petit, who graduated from Tulane Law School and has been in private practice for 11 years, also previously worked as a police officer with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Harahan Police Department and St. Charles Sheriff’s Office. “As a Kenner resident I am looking forward to doing my part to keep the city moving in the positive direction set forth in recent years,” Petit said. “I want to thank the administration for giving me this chance to work for the betterment of my community.”

Howland has previous experience working for the city of Kenner. Howland was director of the community services department from 2006 to 2011 and also spent nearly six months as assistant director of the purchasing department. For over three years Howland worked as a property manager for 1st Lake Properties. “I am very excited about coming back to the city,” Howland said. “I really enjoy government work as it’s an opportunity to provide a service to a lot of people and I’m very service-oriented both in my work history and in my activities in the community.”

Sprague moves up from the position of being Kenner’s IT Systems Specialist and has a total of 17 years with the city, including 15 years in IT. “I want to thank the administration for their confidence in me,” Sprague said. “I look forward to continuing the work we have done to make it easier for city employees to assist the public.”

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Michael Sigur Assumes Role As Acting Kenner Mayor


When former Kenner Mayor Michael S. Yenni was inaugurated to take over as Jefferson Parish President on January 6, 2016, a Kenner mayoral vacancy occurred. A special mayoral election for Kenner has been scheduled for November 8, 2016. At its December 17, 2015 meeting the Kenner City Council elected Kenner District 2 Councilmember Michael Sigur as council president and Kenner District 5 Councilman Dominick Impastato as vice president for the next six months. Under the Kenner City Charter, the council president serves as acting mayor when the current mayor has resigned so when Yenni formally resigned on January 6, Sigur became acting Kenner mayor. Sigur will also retain his position and duties as District 2 councilman while serving as acting mayor. By council agreement, Impastato will assume the role of acting mayor on July 1, 2016, until a new mayor is elected in November.

Before retiring, Sigur worked for 33 years in the Kenner Police Department in a variety of capacities, including director of administrative services and managed the construction of the $12 million police headquarters, which came in under budget, and on time. Sigur continues to serve the police department and the city as a reserve officer. Sigur has a longtime association with the Boy Scouts of America and is on the executive board of the Southeast Louisiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “As acting mayor, I believe the most important thing I can do is to make sure important projects that are underway or scheduled to begin soon continue to move forward. I think there may be a natural tendency to perhaps relax a bit during this period without an elected mayor. I will not let that happen,” said Sigur. “Mike Yenni always talked about keeping the ‘pedal to the metal’ and I could not agree more. While I am generally familiar with what is going on as a councilman, I am scheduling meetings with individual departments to make sure I am up to speed on everything.” Sigur said among the areas he will continue to focus on include the mayor’s economic development committee, the Kenner 2030 Program, the $80 million sewer system overhaul, quality of life events held in the city, BP settlement money projects and the continuing efforts to develop a Laketown Lake Pontchartrain commercial development.

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