New Orleans Airport MSY
Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport is an international airport under Class B airspace in Kenner, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is owned by the City of New Orleans.
MSY is 11 miles (18 km) west of downtown New Orleans. The airport covers an area of 1,500 acres (607 ha).
Airport Stats & Facts
- New Orleans Airport is the second lowest-lying international airport in the world.
- In 2018, MSY served more than 18 million passengers.
- A new terminal was opened at the airport in 2019, and its construction cost was $1.3 billion.
Airport Traveling Tips
- The busy hours of MSY Airport are in the morning between 6:00 am - 7:00 am and in the afternoon between 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
- Passengers are advised to arrive 3 hours before an international flight and 2 hours before a domestic flight to account for TSA security wait times and any possible delays.
- Please take a look at the Airport map, before heading to the airport for a flight.
MSY Flight Status
- For Arriving Flights: Arriving flight status provides New Orleans Airport arrival times, delays, time-to-land, and gate information.
- For Departing Flights: Departing flight status lists actual vs scheduled departure times, flight delays, map tracking, and MSY Airport gate info.
- To get the best fares, book a flight here at MSY Airport.
MSY Airport Terminals
Currently, the airport has one terminal on the north side of the airfield, and it was opened in November 2019. It has 3 levels (1,2, and 3) and 3 concourses (A, B, and C) with 35 gates. For additional information, and to see the terminal location, please refer to the New Orleans Airport Map.
This level is used for Arrivals and Baggage Claim.
TSA Security Screening takes place on Level 2.
Departures and Ticketing area are on Level 3.
Concourse A - 6 Gates
Concourse B - 14 Gates
Concourse C - 15 Gates
Louis Armstrong Airport serves various airlines including Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, American Eagle, United Airlines, Air Canada Express, and more.
Short-Term and Long-Term Parking:
Parking at MSY Airport is available at the terminal. From hourly to daily to long-term parking, there are various parking options at New Orleans Airport.
There are many parking lots that offer economical off-site airport parking. Most of the off-site parking lots allow 24x7 access.
After arriving at the airport, passengers have several options for ground transportation to their next destination. You can choose among the various options including buses, car rentals, airport shuttles, etc. Also, many passengers utilize ride services like Uber, Lyft, and Taxis.
Airport Shuttle Services are a great way to travel from Louis Armstrong Airport. You can get a ride to almost any nearby location with the availability of various shuttle services.
Car Rentals are fairly convenient. There are many car rental agencies onsite at the airport. Some of the well-known car rental providers like Hertz, Enterprise, National, and many more, offer the passengers a large variety of vehicles to choose from.
Buses & Trains
Public Transportation is also easily available from the airport to all major nearby areas. Bus service between the airport and downtown New Orleans is provided by New Orleans Regional Transit Authority Airport Express Route 202 and Jefferson Transit bus E-2.
Amenities & Services
To help you have a wonderful stay, Louis Armstrong Airport provides visitors with many different amenities and services including:
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
- Shoeshine stations and massage bars.
- Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
- Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the entire airport.
- Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
- Currency exchange.
Address: 900 Airline Dr. Kenner, LA 70062, USA
Phone: (504) 303 7500
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Louis Armstrong Airport: A Brief History Timeline
- Originally, the airport was named Moisant Field after daredevil aviator John Moisant.
- On September 19, 1947, the airport was shut down as it was submerged under 2 feet of water.
- In April 1957, the Official Airline Guide (OAG) listed 74 weekly departures.
- In 1961, the airport’s name was changed to New Orleans International Airport.
- In July 2001, to honor the 100th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s birth, the airport’s name became Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
- In 2005, MSY re-opened commercial flights.
- In 2006, the New Orleans Aviation Board approved an air service initiative to promote increased service to MSY Airport.
- In 2014, the airport served more than 9 million passengers.
- In 2015, the New Orleans Aviation Board along with the Mayor of New Orleans and City Council approved a plan to build a new terminal building.
- In March 2017, the Board voted to add an expansion to the new terminal complex.
- The facility was finally opened on November 6, 2019.
Louis Armstrong Airport FAQs
Q. Is New Orleans Airport the same as MSY?
A: Yes. The official name is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and it is also known by its IATA code MSY. MSY was derived from Moisant Stock Yards.
Q. How far is the New Orleans Airport from downtown New Orleans?
A: The airport is 11 miles (18 km) west of downtown New Orleans.
Q. Can you sleep at New Orleans International Airport?
A: The passengers are permitted to sleep in the airport as it is opened 24 hours. Also, travelers can stay inside overnight. We also recommend these amazing MSY layover ideas.
Q. What cities can I fly from MSY?
A: From Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport, you can fly to many cities. To see where you can fly, please have a look at our direct flights page.
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