Tuesday, elected leaders from around the New Orleans area showed of more than $300 million in improvements at Armstrong International Airport.
“I like the colors. It looks very modern,” said one traveler from Canada who commented on the new lights, paint, and furniture.
New Orleans is hosting its first Super Bowl since Hurricane Katrina. Renovations at the airport include a revamped baggage claim and new rental car area.
The concourses have new signs, stores, and restaurants.
“It’s beautiful,” commented another traveler from the New Orleans area who remembers the airports less ritzy days.
The improvements aren’t just new, they have New Orleans connections.
The Copelands have a restaurant along with other favorites in the city like Ye Olde College Inn, Wow Wingery, and Dooky Chase’s. There’s also a Perlis clothing store.
The reason for including all the New Orleans businesses, according to project workers, is to make sure visitors to the city know New Orleans isn’t just any other destination.
“Their first and last impression is New Orleans. It’s not just that they could be at some airport somewhere else in America. They know where they are,” said Paula Brunson who is the Director of Business Development at Nelaware North which is the company overseeing concessionaires at the airport.