|North Terminal Project History |
This page contains historical information about the planning process and decision to implement the North Terminal Project. Archived information includes information about the Long Term Development planning process, completed environmental assessment, past Aviation Board project updates and related press releases.
The need for a new airport terminal and ancillary development at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has been identified for many years. This need is driven by several factors: aging infrastructure, access constraints, and operational restrictions. In August 2011, New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu requested the New Orleans Aviation Board undertake an in-depth and robust analysis of the options for a new airport terminal facility. The requested analysis was to focus on: design, financial feasibility, environmental impact, and land use.
On April 17, 2013, the Airport announced its decision to move forward with a Long-Term Strategic Development Plan to construct a new terminal facility. Five alternatives were considered. Four of the alternatives - No Action Alternative, Refurbishment Alternative, Southside Alternative, and Westside Alternative- involve rehabilitation or new construction on the southeast side of the Airport on or near the current terminal location.
The preferred alternative selected was the Northside Alternative,which involved construction of a new terminal facility on the northeast side of the Airport property. The Northside Alternative will not require the Airport to purchase any property to construct the terminal facilities. Additionally, the existing neighborhood to the north is buffered from the new construction by an existing light industrial zone. The North Alternative is expected to have a positive economic impact for the City of Kenner, the surrounding community and region as a whole. It has the greatest potential of creating the most jobs and potential to improve property values by attracting new investment along the Veterans corridor. Similarly, there will be opportunity for business growth and development on the south side of the Airport with the re-use of existing terminal facilities and room for establishment of new businesses.
In 2013, the Airport prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the implementation of a Long-Term Airport Development at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. On December 30, 2013, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepted that 2013 EA as a Federal document and based its Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the Long-Term Airport Development on that EA. The 2013 EA identified the Northside Alternative as the Proposed Action and FAA’s Preferred Alternative. Since the approval of the FONSI and based on final design, the Airport made some planning and design changes. As a result, and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Airport prepared a Supplemental EA to discuss those changes and their environmental effects. The FAA has accepted the Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment by issuing a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Record of Decision.
Copies of the 2013 EA, Final Supplemental EA, and copies of the FONSI and ROD Record of Decision are available for review at below and at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, 3rd Floor Administrative Office, 900 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062 or electronically by clicking on the following links:
|2013 Environmental Assessment |
Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment
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CMAR Selected for North Terminal Project
||Reaching Milestones for a World Class Airport|
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has achieved some significant milestones in the first quarter of 2014. First and foremost, forward progress on the development of the new $826 million North Terminal has taken flight. On January 16, 2014, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) and the Long Term Infrastructure Development Project Team to showcase the conceptual renderings of the new north terminal complex. The terminal concepts are the creation of world renowned architect Cesar Pelli, New Orleans’ William Raymond Manning of Manning Architects, Atkins Global and Leo A. Daly, the project design team for the north terminal project.
||A World Class Designer for a World Class Airport|
In a few short months, the New Orleans Aviation Board will be debuting the exciting look of the new $650 million Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport North Terminal. We have been actively working on the design of the terminal envelope since July, the same month that we were pleased to announce that famed architect César Pelli and William Raymond Manning of Manning Architects had joined the Crescent City Aviation Team (CCAT), the group charged with shaping a world class airport terminal in New Orleans set to open ahead of the 300th anniversary of New Orleans. They will bring a vision and world class experience to the project that is uniquely New Orleans.
||A World Class Airport for a World Class City|
On Wednesday, April 17, the New Orleans Aviation Board took action to accept the recommendation from consultants contracted to do a study for the location of a new terminal. Four alternative sites were reviewed. The alternative options were (1) refurbishing the existing terminal site or build a new terminal on the (2) Southside, (3) Westside or (4) Northside of the existing campus. The recommended alternative that was approved by the Board was the option for the Northside of the airfield (see illustration on side 2). The completed comprehensive analysis came less than two years after New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu requested the Aviation Board undertake an in-depth and robust analysis of the four proposals for the future of the airport from the airport’s master plan. The study looked at financial feasibility, environmental impact, design, and operational impacts, including potential uses for the existing terminal and surrounding infrastructure.
||A New Airport Under Study|
In 2012 while working feverously to complete the over $300 million modernization of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) was also working on a feasibility study for a new airport terminal at the existing airport location in Kenner. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had sent a request for the study to the NOAB in their August meeting in 2011. Justification for the study revolved around a number of factors.
Aviation Board Updates