New Orleans Has A New Airport Terminal Opening Today

by Chris Dong

While it’s not quite a brand new airport, it might as well be from a passenger experience perspective. New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has finally pulled the sheet off of its $1.3 billion new airport terminal that has been in the works since 2013.

As of today, November 6, all flights have shifted over from the old airport terminal to the newly built one. That means everything is new for passengers, from a non-airport operations perspective.

This includes parking, check-in, security, terminal amenities, and up to boarding. However, because the runways are still the same, MSY isn’t technically designated a new airport.

New Orleans Airport’s New Terminal 

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Photo Credit: Louis Armstrong International Airport

The new New Orleans terminal is 972,000-square-feet with centralized passenger security checkpoints leading to three concourses with 35 gates. There’s also new parking garages and everything has been built closer to the freeway.

Arriving to MSY for the first time? Here’s info that may be helpful. 

The big news that MSY is pushing is that you can finally experience the best of New Orleans, or at least a taste of it, before even stepping foot into the city itself.

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MSY’s “Jazz Garden”

There are a total of 40 post-security concessions — including beignets(!) at iconic Café du Monde, and you can listen to live music at the Heritage School of Music wine bar.

Naturally, jazz music will be pumped out through speakers throughout the terminal, and there’s free WiFi and power outlets galore (at least half of all seats in the terminal will be equipped with power).

Airport officials are advising travelers to arrive early to the airport with heavy traffic anticipated on roads leading to the new MSY.


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Baron November 6, 2019 - 11:16 am

Chris, that is not much of a review, did you take any pictures while you were there? What are the names of the restaurants, how are the gates, any lounges, transportation layout, c’mon man don’t just copy and paste a press release.

Chris Dong November 6, 2019 - 11:21 am

Baron, no where does it say it’s a review. It’s a post simply announcing that MSY has a new terminal opening today. Hope to be able to visit sometime though!

MikeL November 6, 2019 - 11:34 am

Any ideas on what airlines will run out of the new terminal?

Chris Dong November 6, 2019 - 11:40 am

Mike, all 16 airlines that operate out of MSY will be in this terminal now. The whole airport shifted to this new space today.


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