New Orleans International Airport opens $1 billion North Terminal

A 35-gate, $1 billion terminal has been opened at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to accommodate passenger growth.

The new North Terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has opened, following seven years of design and planning work.

The 35-gate, $1 billion terminal will accommodate explosive growth for MSY, which is now the fifth fastest-growing airport in the United States.

The terminal has been designed to maximise convenience for passengers in the terminal. A single security checkpoint serves both foreign and domestic flights and adapts to accommodate large tourist crowds during special events.

The terminal’s layered, open feeling, with prominent views of the airfield, makes the airport easy for travellers to navigate and a unique concession programme celebrates the city’s culinary, music and arts heritage.

Design for the terminal was developed and completed by the Crescent City Aviation Team (CCAT), a joint venture of Atkins and LEO A DALY. 

“The new MSY establishes an iconic new gateway to the city of New Orleans and a passenger experience unlike anything else in the world. We’re truly thrilled to see it contribute to New Orleans’ growth as a domestic and international destination,” said Steven Lichtenberger, AIA, President of LEO A DALY.

The need for storm-resistance drove many technical innovations at the terminal. A spherical roof shape allows long spans while accommodating heavy rainfall. Extensive wind-tunnel modelling and on-site testing resulted in a glass curtain wall able to withstand hurricane-force winds.

The 35-gate terminal includes the six-gate Concourse A, which was added nine months into construction to accommodate the increasing demand for domestic and international travel to the city. 

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