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New Orleans Airport debuts $ 1.3 billion terminal



Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Terminal

Source: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

From New York's LaGuardia Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, many airports around the country are in the midst of high-profile renovation and expansion projects .

But with the official opening early Wednesday morning at the new $ 1

.3 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), the United States gets its first major airport opening since the opening of new terminals at Denver International Airport in 1995 and Indianapolis International Airport (IND) in 2008.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport terminal lobby

Source: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

The new 927,000 square foot, light-filled terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport draws inspiration from the geography of Louisiana's Delta region and the baskets of the Mississippi River. [19659002] The terminal serves 16 airlines with 35 ports in three concerts. Along these concerts, passengers will find 40 food, drink and retail outlets, before and after live music safety and many other modern airport amenities, including three nursing mothers' rooms, a pet-relief area for security Delta Sky Club with views of airport activities and filled with New Orleans-themed art.

Delta Sky Club at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

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Many of the restaurants and shops in the new terminal represent well-known local chefs and highlight New Orleans culture. Offers include Emeril's Table, Lucky Dogs, Cafe du Monde and Mondo, created by award-winning New Orleans chef Susan Spicer.

To celebrate the airport and its facilities at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new terminal, Kevin Dolliole, the airport's director of aviation, announced that New Orleans will be the third airport in the country (after Pittsburgh International and Tampa International Airports) to have a permanent gate-pass program that allows passengers to enter the terminal to shop, eat and accompany friends and family members to their gates.

"MSY Guest Pass will be available with advance bookings, seven days a week, during regular hours," Dolliole said. "We will be one of only a few airports in the country offering this service."

Dolliole also said that there will be free remote control for external luggage in its economy parking lot, free high-speed WIFI, pin code pairing for Uber and Lyft users, and sockets at 50% of the ports holding seats.

Powered seats at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Source: Harriet Basque

In addition to the local dining favorites mentioned above, the airport's dining venues include The Munch Factory (Creole Cooking); MoPho (Creole meets Vietnamese), Dooks, Shake Shack, Dylan's Candy Bar and a branch of Angelo Brocato's New Orleans ice cream bar, which has been serving Italian ice cream, cannoli and other desserts since the early 1900s. Leah's Kitchen is an anchor table restaurant paying tribute to the late, legendary New Orleans chef, Leah Chase, who was known as the "Queen of Creole."

"The local restaurant offer looks great and I am eager to spend time at the airport before my next flight and try as much as I can," said Christopher Schaberg, author of "Airportness: The Nature of Flight," and a professor at Loyola University New Orleans. "Hopefully they all offer small plates, and I can get a small plate at every amazing place."

Leah's Kitchen with Mural of Leah Chase by Ayo Scott

Source: Harriet Basque

The last flight out of the old, 1959 terminus at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, left late Tuesday night.

As concessions, restaurants and ticket counters were shot, a New Orleans-style second-line parade led by a brass band and an excessive version of Louis Armstrong en route through concourses and ticket lobbies with many passengers, TSA staff and airport employees joined to say goodbye.

Giant Louis Armstrong with parade marshal.

Source: Harriet Baskas


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