First flights depart new Armstrong International terminal

First flights depart new Armstrong International terminal
Wednesday (Nov. 6) marks the official opening of the new $1 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. (Source: WVUE FOX 8 News)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) -Wednesday marks the official opening of the new $1 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Aviation Board celebrated the first flight with a second line, a brass band, and a performance by Choppa.

Southwest Airlines flight 3238 to Atlanta departed at 5:05 a.m.

Originally, the opening date for the new terminals was slated for May 2018, but due to various delays it was pushed to Nov. 6.

Recently the FAA recognized Armstrong International as the 5th fastest growing airport in the country.

The 927,000 square foot facility will feature several amenities like three rooms for mothers to bring their small children, music venues, and charging locations at 50 percent of the seats at the gates. 8,000 parking spaces are also available.

Driving to the New Terminal

Once the terminal opens, travelers will take a different route to access the airport. The new terminal is located in closer proximity to the region’s main thoroughfare, Interstate10 (I-10).

Travelers will exit Loyola Drive from I-10, cross over Veterans Boulevard and proceed on the new dedicated Airport roadway.

From downtown New Orleans, take I-10 West and exit at Loyola Drive. Turn left at Loyola Drive and continue straight across Veterans Boulevard onto Terminal Drive, which is the Airport’s dedicated roadway system.

From there, follow the signage to access the departures curb, arrivals curb, parking options, etc.

From west of the Airport, take I-10 East and exit at Loyola Drive. Turn right at Loyola Drive and continue straight across Veterans Boulevard onto Terminal Drive, which is the Airport’s dedicated roadway system. From there, follow the signage to access the departures curb, arrivals curb, parking options, etc.

From Airline Drive, turn onto the existing Airport Access Road, continue straight toward Veterans Boulevard. Turn left at Veterans Boulevard, and turn left onto Terminal Drive, which is the Airport’s dedicated roadway system. From there, follow the signage to access the departures curb, arrivals curb, parking options, etc.

Arriving at the New Terminal

Once passengers arrive at the new terminal, they should follow signage to the designated area for transportation options such as personal vehicle pickups, taxis, rideshares, limos, and public transportation, as well as hotel, parking and rental car shuttles.

Travelers who departed from the existing airport terminal before the opening on Nov. 6 will arrive at the new terminal facility. Shuttles will be available to take passengers to the Former Short Term and Long Term Garages located on the south side.

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