Airport passenger traffic continues to soar

Posted on: April 6 2011
AirTran Airways has the biggest boost in traffic.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011
CityBusiness staff reports

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport got off to a strong start in 2011 after posting its seventh straight year-over-year gain in February, according to figures released today for the first two months of the year.

The airport had 621,220 passengers in February compared with 618,534 in February 2010. The number of enplaned passengers on domestic, international and charter flights — those leaving the airport — was up 0.3 percent to 305,074 from 304,257 in 2010, while the number of deplaned passengers — those arriving at the airport — also was up 0.2 percent to 310,071 from 309,510.

Those figures were slightly down from January, when 643,021 passengers passed through the airport compared with 578,554 in January 2010. The number of enplaned passengers on domestic, international and charter flights — those leaving the airport — was up 10.3 percent to 317,320 in January from 287,621 in 2010, while the number of deplaned passengers — those arriving at the airport — also was up 9.5 percent to 316,719 from 289,232.

Among domestic carriers, Southwest led all airlines in January and February with 215,440 passengers in January, a 9.5 percent increase over the 182,872 passengers a year earlier. The airline had 194,019 passengers in February, a 3.3 percent increase over the 187,895 passengers a year earlier.

AirTran Airways saw the largest year-over-year increase during both months. AirTran posted an 18.5 percent jump in January with 26,699 passengers, more than the 2,2527 in 2010, while it was up 11.2 percent in February with 26,107 passengers, more than the 23,480 in 2010.

The American system, which includes American Airlines and its express carriers, saw the largest year-over-year drop in January at 13 percent to 67,695 passengers in January compared with 77,830 a year earlier. The Continental system, which includes Continental Airlines and its express carriers, saw the largest year-over-year drop in February at 17.4 percent to 76,242 passengers compared with 92,358 a year earlier.