Armstrong Airport traffic is stronger than ever...

October 6 2011 | Latest News
by Christian Moises, News Editor CityBusiness

October 6th, 2011

Passenger traffic at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continued to fly high through August, according to airport figures. It was the 13th straight year-over-year gain for the airport.

Year-to-date traffic also continued to run ahead of last year between January and August, up 3.4 percent to 5.7 million from 5.4 million during the first eight months of 2010.

The airport had 628,246 passengers in August compared with 607,428 in August 2010. The number of enplaned passengers on domestic, international and charter flights — those leaving the airport — was up 1.4 percent to 307,354 from 302,975 in 2010, while the number of deplaned passengers — those arriving at the airport — also was up 4.8 percent to 318,078 from 303,389.

Among domestic carriers, Southwest led all airlines in August with 199,889 passengers, a 6.1 percent increase over the 188,389 passengers a year earlier.

The Delta System, which includes Delta Airlines and its express carriers, posted the largest year-over-year increase, a 23.6 percent jump from 120,070 passengers in 2010 to 148,388 in August. JetBlue saw the largest year-over-year drop at 30.4 percent to 22,663 passengers from 15,765 a year earlier.