New Orleans airport representatives announced, after many delays and postponements, that it will officially open its doors starting November 6. It cost about $ 1.3 billion and initially, it was scheduled to open in May 2018.
The new airport will host all 16 operating airlines, and the old terminal will be closed permanently. “The opening of the new terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans is a major landmark for New Orleans and our region“, said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.
The new terminal is the largest infrastructure project for New Orleans, being absolutely necessary for the regional economy, to accommodate traffic in the area. Certainly, passengers will have an improved airport experience.
The new airport will be upgraded with area-specific restaurants and local shops that characterize their distinct culture.
The airport will have three routes, thirty-five gates, new garages for both short and long term parking, surface parking and an economic garage with transfer service.
Also, in the terminal, there will be over 40 retail outlets and various shops specific to the area. All will be equipped with free high-speed wi-fi, access to electronic charging devices, bottle refilling stations and various other facilities that will significantly improve the travel experience.
Therefore, travelers who have scheduled departures or arrivals at this airport on November 6, are recommended to be prepared to embark or disembark at another terminal unit, at a new location. Also, passengers should plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before the scheduled flight time to allow sufficient time for check-in and the rest of the security processes.
It is expected to be a historic moment for the people of New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region. Also, airport representatives believe that, as the largest commercial airport in the state of Louisiana, this infrastructure investment will have a lasting impact on their community and will provide an opportunity to compete in the 21st century global economy.