New Orleans Louis Armstrong MSY Airport Overview

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport MSY, is named in honor of New Orleans native son’s 100th birthday. Year-round the Airport is gateway to the area's businesses and the convention and tourist industry. Louis Armstrong Airport is back from the ashes - better than ever!  It makes traveling to the Big Easy - well - easy. Typically, New Orleans Airport is hassle-free, but during Mardi Gras, when the city is inundated with tourists, airport officials recommend that passengers arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure time.  By year-end 2014 passenger counts have exceeded pre-Katrina counts!

MSY Airport is located on Airport Road in the town of Kenner, in Jefferson Parish, Lousiana, and approximately 11 miles from central New Orleans, and directly accessible from Interstate Hwy 10 and from US 61 E Airline Hwy, Williams Blvd 49, and Veterans Memorial Blvd.

With three runways and an estimated 9.5 million yearly passenger count, Louis Armstrong International is served by major US & Canadian airlines (low-fare Southwest being the dominant one), offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. 

The on-Airport Hilton Hotel (tel. 504-469-5000 is across from the Parking Garages on 901Airline Drive. 

NOTE: In case of an emergency - please use tel. 504-464-2700 instead of 911!

The main passenger terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is divided into East & West Terminals.

Future Airport Developments: The Design development for the North Terminal project has been completed. Ground breaking for the 650,000 sq.foot North Terminal project is scheduled for October 2015, and the new terminal is to open tentatively at second quarter 2019 (in celebration of the city's 300th anniversary). The North Terminal will have a consolidated security checkpoint, enabling passengers to flow quickly through 17 lanes. There will be plenty of restooms, and two additional aircraft taxi lanes will get aircraft quicker to the gates. Completion of the North terminal will result in more flight destination offerings and non-stop flights. Lastly, an on-site, state-of-the-art hotel will complete the project.

(The entire $650M project includes site preparation, the terminal building, airfield & apron, utilities & infrastructure, parking garage & roadways. )

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