Armstrong Airport passenger traffic up for 14th straight month

November 8 2011 | Latest News
"...those arriving at the airport — was up 4.8 percent..."

by CityBusiness staff reports

November 8th, 2011

Passenger traffic at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport posted its 14th straight year-over-year gain in September, according to airport figures.

Year-to-date traffic also continued to run ahead of last year. From January and September, the passenger count is up 6 percent to 6.4 million from 6 million.

The airport had 621,042 passengers in September compared with 593,038 in September 2010. The number of enplaned passengers on domestic, international and charter flights — those leaving the airport — was up 4.1 percent to 306,347 from 294,348 in 2010, while the number of deplaned passengers — those arriving at the airport — was up 4.8 percent to 310,487 from 296,331.

Among domestic carriers, Southwest led all airlines in September with 193,953 passengers, a 9.3 percent increase over the 177,498 passengers a year earlier.

Delta, which includes its main airline and express carriers, posted the largest year-over-year increase, a 14.8 percent jump from 123,943 passengers in 2010 to 142,342 in September. Frontier saw the largest year-over-year drop at 49.1 percent to 2,633 passengers from 5,171 a year earlier.