Opening early: New terminal starts taking arriving passengers tonight


The highly anticipated opening of the new Louis Armstrong International Airport terminal has prompted management to push its schedule up a few hours, accepting incoming flights at the new terminal arriving after 8pm.  

Airport management says transportation options will be available for arriving passengers at that time including personal vehicle pickups, taxi, rideshare, limos  as well as hotel, parking and rental car shuttles. 

Shuttles will also be available to return passengers to the short-term and long-term parking garages, credit card lot and rental car facility located at the existing terminal.

Only three Southwest Airlines flights will continue to use the old terminal after 8pm.  By the next day everything will be moved to the new terminal.  

Departures from the new terminal will start from the new terminal Wednesday.  

Once the terminal opens, travelers will take a different route to access the airport. The new terminal is located in closer proximity to the region’s main thoroughfare, Interstate-10 (I-10). 

Travelers will exit Loyola Drive from I-10, cross over Veterans Boulevard and proceed on the new dedicated Airport Drive.