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Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Lunchbox Lecture -…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
History remembers the American, British and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 3 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

The Royal Sonesta's…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans presents the September Round Table Luncheon… more

We Live to Eat Kick…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
For the first time, this event is open-to-the-public and attendees will be able… more

White Glove Wednesdays

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Jazz in the Park

Sep 4 - Oct 30, 2014
Jazz in the Park returns for nine straight weeks this fall,  with a… more

Special Presentation…

Sep 4 - 4, 2014
Join us for a  Special Presentation - "Challenging Internment"… more

The Trio featuring…

Sep 4 - 4, 2014
Join us for The Trio featuring Johnny Vidacovich, Roland Guerin, John Gros. more

17th Annual Save Our…

Sep 5 - 6, 2014
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is gearing up for its 17th Annual Save Our… more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… 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.