FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 4, 2013
Airport Traffic Continues to Grow
End of Year Statistics
Show Continued Upward Movement
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – While the comparable airports collectively experienced a
decrease, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport reported an
increase in passenger volume in 2012. When compared to 2011 numbers, Armstrong
International passenger volume has maintained an upward climb. The 2012
passenger volume increased 0.6% to 8,600,989 up from 8,548,375 in 2011. Enplaned
passengers were 4,306,707, a 0.6% increase over 2011 and deplaned passengers
increased 0.7% to 4,294,282. December 2012 monthly passengers totaled 671,896.
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (bts.gov), the 35
comparable medium airport hubs to Armstrong International were collectively
down 1.69% through YTD September 2012 over September 2011.
In 2012, a total of 9 airlines served the New Orleans Market which included one
international carrier. Southwest Airlines was the volume leader among the
airlines carrying 33.2% of all MSY passengers or over 2.8 million passengers.
Last month, Spirit Airlines became the tenth airline to serve the Airport.
Commercial air carrier operations, including charters and cargo for the year
totaled 90,672 operations. Cargo activity at Armstrong International was 46,784
metric tonnes of freight and mail.
"Armstrong International is continuing its upward trajectory of passenger
growth,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation. "As we move forward, we want
to thank our airline partners for their continued faith in the Greater New
Orleans Metropolitan area.”
"New Orleans remains a popular destination for millions of business and leisure
travelers,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "This is evident in the 2012
year end stats.”