New Orleans Airport benefits from the late Mardi Gras...

Posted on: May 23 2011
Armstrong Airport gets boost from Mardi Gras in March
Thursday, May 19, 2011
BY: CityBusiness staff reports

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport got a boost from Mardi Gras traffic in March, according to figures released today. It was the eighth straight year-over-year gain for the airport.

The airport had 809,824 passengers in March compared with 712,160 in March 2010. The number of enplaned passengers on domestic, international and charter flights — those leaving the airport — was up 12 percent to 401,327 from 358,218 in 2010, while the number of deplaned passengers — those arriving at the airport — also was up 14.2 percent to 400,547 from 350,604.

Among domestic carriers, Southwest led all airlines in March with 249,989 passengers, a 13.7 percent increase over the 219,878 passengers a year earlier.

AirTran Airways saw the largest year-over-year increase with a 22.6 percent jump from 28,022 passengers in 2010 to 34,366 in March. The American Airlines system, which includes American Airlines and its express carriers, saw the only year-over-year drop at 2.7 percent to 84,773 passengers from 87,146 a year earlier.