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"12 Days of…

Dec 19 - 19, 2014
There's holiday fun for the whole family in the historic Warehouse District… more

"Prospect.3: Notes…

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial,  will… more

"The Victory Belles…

Dec 19 - 19, 2014
Our popular, charming vocal trio is in a holiday mood! Come jingle all the way… more

“Dirty Dancing — The…

Dec 19 - 21, 2014
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience,… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Dec 19, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Celebration in the…

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 03, 2015
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Christmas in the…

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 01, 2015
Celebrate the season in New Orleans' historic Warehouse District with dazzling… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 19 - 31, 2014
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Freret Street Puliq…

Dec 19 - 19, 2014
Live performances by Solar Strut plus TJ Sutton. more

Holiday Home and…

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015
Visit the festively decorated residence and courtyard of General and Mrs. L.… more

Music at the Mint…

Dec 19 - 19, 2014
Phil DeGruy, inventor of the Guitarp, combines virtuosity with hilarious… more

NOMA & The NOLA…

Dec 19 - 21, 2014
In December, NOMA's iconic Great Hall will be transformed by The NOLA Project… more

Oak Alley…

Dec 19 - 24, 2014
Tour the historic grounds, Slavery at Oak Alley Exhibit, Civil War Exhibit and… more

Prospect.3 - Basquiat…

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
Curated by Franklin Sirmans, the Artistic Director for P.3: Notes for Now,… more

Prospect.3 - Keith…

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
A selection of images from Calhoun and McCormick's extensive body of work on… more

Royal Teddy Bear Tea…

Dec 19 - 22, 2014
Little Princes & Princesses are crowned as they enter into our Magical… more

Self-Processing –…

Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015
Before the instantaneous gratification of digital photography there was instant… more

The Gasperi…

Dec 19, 2014 - Feb 22, 2015
Richard Gasperi opened Gasperi Gallery in the French Quarter in 1980.… more

The Irish House…

Dec 19 - 20, 2014
Get ready for a fantastic and magical music performances by The Louisiana… more

"12 Days of…

Dec 20 - 23, 2014
There's holiday fun for the whole family in the historic Warehouse District… more

"12 Days of…

Dec 19 - 19, 2014
There's holiday fun for the whole family in the historic Warehouse District… 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.