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 (@flyneworleans) November 6, 2019
New Orleans Airport’s New Terminal
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.
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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