MSY adds five gates to new terminal under construction

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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has added a third concourse and five additional gates to its new north terminal, now under construction, bringing the number of gates to 35 and total construction cost to $712 million.

“Growth has surpassed all previously forecasted data,” said Interim Director of Aviation Mark Reis, triggering the expansion plans to begin earlier than expected. In May 2016, MSY’s traffic hit an all-time high with 17 airlines and 59 nonstop destinations.

The new terminal is designed to expand in phases, topping out at 42 gates, and ultimately replacing the 36-gate south terminal, which was built in 1959. Construction began a year ago on a brownfield site north of the existing airport, and completion is expected by October, 2018.

The modern, 820,000-square-foot terminal balances resilience and openness, according to LEO A DALY, the architecture firm designing the terminal as a joint-venture with Atkins. An expansive blast-resistant glass wall system will allow natural light to fill the terminal, while standing up to hurricane-force winds and flying debris.

Seen as a major economic driver for New Orleans post-Katrina, the North Terminal has been called "the most transformative project for New Orleans since the Superdome" by Mayor Landrieu.

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