New Orleans' airport expansion gets bigger with five more gates added to new terminal

Posted on: January 18 2017

BY JEFF ADELSON | THEADVOCATE.COM

The north terminal under construction at Louis Armstrong International Airport will be getting five additional gates to accommodate unexpected growth, city officials announced Wednesday.

The project to replace the existing terminal broke ground a year ago, with plans to include 30 gates. That number has been bumped up to 35 under the new plan, for an additional cost of about $110 million.

"Our growth has surpassed all previously forecasted data," said Mark Reis, interim director of aviation at the airport. "Today, we have more airlines and non-stop destinations than ever before. Based on this growth, we updated our activity forecast which showed that expansion plans need to begin sooner than originally anticipated."