It has been one year since the groundbreaking ceremony was
held marking the official commencement of North Terminal construction. By the
end of the first year of construction, residents and passengers alike could
already see the beginnings of the terminal structure coming out of the ground
with all pilings having been placed for the terminal, concourses, elevated
road, and parking garage. The Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), a joint
venture between Hunt, Gibbs, Boh, and Metro companies, has been working to stay
on-schedule and on-budget since the project’s beginning and has done an
extraordinary job through challenges with Louisiana’s difficult landscape.
The new terminal is being built on a greenfield site
separate from current operations and has no impact on our airlines or
passengers. The capital program includes the construction of a new world-class
terminal, enabling projects like a new on-airport roadway system and FAA
navigational aid relocation, and third party projects that include a flyover
interchange access from I-10 and an aircraft fuel hydrant system. To ensure the
new facility can accommodate the Airport’s exponential growth, the Airport
updated its activity forecast which indicates anticipated future passenger
traffic. Based on this updated information, Mayor Landrieu and the New Orleans
Aviation Board (NOAB) decided it is necessary to begin a five gate expansion.
The North Terminal Project always included plans for a future expansion, but
the updated data showed that the plans needed to be activated earlier than
The Airport has experienced a record-breaking number of
non-stop destinations, airlines, and passengers over the last several years. From
2013, when the terminal was originally designed, to today, six new airlines and
multiple new non-stop destinations have been added at Armstrong International.
MSY is slated to experience even more growth with the start of new
international flights to London four-times weekly with British Airways
beginning in March and Frankfurt, Germany, twice-weekly with Condor starting in
May. These airlines will utilize wide-body aircraft that hold nearly 40 percent
more passengers than the average aircraft flying into MSY.
Expect to see additional, noticeable developments on the North
Terminal Project starting between April and May when the CMAR plans to begin
paving the aircraft apron. Installation of the exterior glass walls of the
terminal building and setting precast slabs for the parking garage will be
begin between May and June. In November, contractors will begin on the interior
walls and finishes.
The food and beverage packages for the North Terminal were
recently selected. The NOAB approved the selection of proposals from Delaware
North and Chase Catering and Concessions LLC joint venture and the HMSHost,
Coaxum Enterprises, and Kaleidoscope partnership at the Board’s last meeting.
The selections will now be presented to the New Orleans City Council for
approval before being officially recognized as the food and beverage selections
for the North Terminal. The two packages selected will bring a mix of local and
national brands that passengers are sure to appreciate. Great local chefs will
bring their unique flavors to the new facility bringing the New Orleans essence
to passengers traveling through the Airport.
As the first and last representation of New Orleans for most
visitors, it is very important for our airport to reflect New Orleans and
Louisiana in a way that makes its residents proud. We are confident that the
new North Terminal will do just that.
Mark Reis, Interim Director
of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport may be
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the Armstrong International Airport 30 minute television program, "Airport
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