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EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 28 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

ETCHYNPÜFE Group Show…

May 28 - 31, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to host ETCHYNPÜFE, a group show… more

Jazz in the Park…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Jazz in the Park returns for eight straight weeks this spring, running from… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

May 28 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Le Petit Theatre…

May 28 - 31, 2015
This classic Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical traces the lives of… more

Tennessee Williams:…

May 28 - 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Irish House…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patrick Cooper. more

Yappy Hour in the…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

Purchased Lives: New…

May 29 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Irish House…

May 29 - 29, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patie O'Sullivan. more

My Leg, My Choice…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Lace up your sneakers for a good cause. Proceeds from the race will support… more

New Orleans Oyster…

May 30 - 31, 2015
You better not eat for days leading up to the 2015 New Orleans Oyster Festival.… more

NORDC Movies in the…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for NORDC Movies in the Park screening of "Dolphin Tale… more

Saturday Farmers…

May 30 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

The Irish House…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for One Tailed Three. more

Soul Full Sunday…

May 31 - 31, 2015
We are thrilled to bring to Ashé, once again, an unforgettable Sunday… more

Celebrate the Wonders…

Jun 1 - 1, 2015
Dr. Antje Boetius is a Marine Biologist and Oceanographer at the Alfred Wegener… more

Ashe Powerhouse…

Jun 3 - 5, 2015
See the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by New Orleans native Lisa D'Amour,… more

The Victory Belles…

Jun 3 - 3, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Jun 3 - 3, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 28 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

Record Crowd Passes through Armstrong International Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 5, 2013

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - As the last passengers are returning home today from the world's largest sporting event, the Armstrong International Airport has processed a record number of passengers through its facility.  On Monday, February 4, there were 40,561 processed through the airport, the highest number of passengers in its 67-year history. With the record crowd, there were no significant issues reported with crowds passing through security in less than an hour at peak times. In preparation for Monday's massive crowd, the airport in conjunction with the TSA doubled the number of passenger screening lanes to meet the outbound demand of Super Bowl Travelers and added additional baggage screening equipment.  In addition, TSA checkpoints remained open around the clock from Sunday morning until after the last flight departed on Monday.  Concessions remained open with certain locations remaining open all night to meet every traveler's needs. 

"We anticipated that we would have record crowds in the airport and took the necessary steps in advance to adequately accommodate all of our passengers," says Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad. "This is true example of the great staff and personnel that we have here at Armstrong International Airport. Each member of staff from accountants to engineers to maintenance employees were on the floor working together to ensure that everything went off without any problems, and I am very proud of our entire team. "

Armstrong International Airport Super Bowl XLVII Statistics:

  • Processed 40,561 passengers from after Super Bowl until the last flight departed on Monday
  • Airline ticket Counters remained open 24 hours per day
  • 170 Airport Employees and 305 Volunteers from the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and Super Bowl Host Committee were stationed through the airport

• Checkpoints:

o Checkpoint A (4 lanes) - longest wait time = 13 minutes; average wait time = 2 minutes
o Checkpoint B (5 lanes) - longest wait time = 12 minutes; average wait time = 3 minutes
o Checkpoint C (4 lanes) - longest wait time = 7 minutes; average wait time = 1 minute
o Checkpoint D (5 lanes) - longest wait time = 50 minutes; average wait time = 7 minutes
o Delta Expansion (2 lanes) - longest wait time = 20 minutes; average wait time = 2 minutes
o FIS/Customs (5 lanes) - longest wait time = 8 minutes; average wait time = 1 minute

  • Concessions: All 47 stores remained open
  • More than 135 general aviation departures after Super Bowl thru Monday, February 4
  • Cleaning Contractors worked around the clock to ensure airport remained clean
  • 89 police officers were stationed at the airport on Monday, February 4
  • 35 Taxi starters and security guards were utilized
  • 849 special event decals were issued to limousines and buses
  • 9,092 taxi trips were made throughout Super Bowl Weekend - Thursday, January 31 - Saturday, February 2

"We are ready to host the next Super Bowl in New Orleans, which we hope will be in 2018," Ahmad added.

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport underwent a $300 million terminal modernization program that was completed in advance of Super Bowl XLVII.  The airport is expected to bring in $74.4 million in total revenue, up from $69.2 million in 2012.

Tomorrow, the airport will gear up to receive the thousands of travelers coming in town for the remainder of the 2013 Carnival Season. More than 1 million visitors are expected to make the trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.  The airport staff is ready to welcome all Carnival visitors.