Courtesy of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Record-breaking 11.1 million passengers in 2016
(New Orleans, LA) – The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has set a new all-time record for total passengers served. In 2016, a total of 11,139,421 passengers were served. This represents a 4.4% increase over the prior record set in 2015 when the Airport surpassed ten million passengers for the first time in its history.
This achievement can be attributed to the ever-growing list of new flights and destinations added in 2016. The airport experienced a 21% growth in non-stop destinations, increasing from 48 cities in 2015 to 58 cities in 2016. Average daily departures increased from 137 flights to 146 flights, representing a 6.7% year over year increase. Average daily carrier seats also increased by 7.2% from 2015. Passenger traffic peaked in May and October 2016 when traffic reached over one million total passengers in each of those months.
“The airport’s record-breaking passenger totals can be credited to the hard work of airport employees and community and business leaders who continue to recruit the air service that allows the people in our community to travel to cities all over the world for business and leisure,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “The new terminal coming online in 2018 will serve as a great first and last impression for the many visitors who travel to New Orleans.”
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