Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport posted its third straight year-over-year increase in passenger numbers in May, according to the figures released Tuesday.
The airport saw 747,184 passengers in May compared with 693,697 in May 2009. The number of enplaned passengers on domestic flights, those leaving the airport, was 7.9 percent to 391,375 from 362,627 in 2009, while the number of deplaned passengers on domestic flights, those arriving at the airport, also was up 7.2 percent to 354,178 from 330,492.
Among domestic carriers, Southwest Airlines led all airlines with 227,615 passengers in May, up 7.5 percent from 211,677 a year ago.
AirTran Airways saw the largest increase at 17.5 percent with 29,848 passengers in May, up from 25,412 in 2009.
While AeroMexico ended its Mexico City to New Orleans service Monday, barely one year after it began as the airport's first international service after Hurricane Katrina, several other airlines have announced new service to New Orleans, including:
– Air Canada, which announced in June that it will resume nonstop service between Toronto and New Orleans starting this fall;
– Westjet, which announced nonstop service between Toronto and New Orleans in June;
– Frontier Airlines, which launched new flights to Denver and Kansas City in June;
– Southwest Airlines, which announced June 15 that is was adding nonstop service between Los Angeles and New Orleans and another daily nonstop between Dallas Love Field and New Orleans; and
– AirTran, which announced May 18 that it was adding a daily nonstop flight between Milwaukee and New Orleans in October.