February 4 2015
By Robin Shannon, Reporter City Business
Armstrong Airport trumpeted the news last week that it finally surpassed pre-Hurricane Katrina passenger numbers in 2014, nine years after the storm. On Thursday, it plans to announce a new direct international flight.
After serving 9.78 million passengers last year — a 6.3 percent increase from 2013 and the highest end-of-year total since 2004 — Armstrong officials are bullish on exceeding those numbers this year.
The summer has been when New Orleans traditionally sees a slowdown in traveller interest. But now that the city has regained its tourist momentum, airport officials are actively pursing new service.A closer look at airport data shows the increase has come at an unexpected time, and its leadership is working currently to build on that momentum.
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