Airport expansion: let’s make sure we get it right

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The New Orleans Aviation Board has approved plans for a brand new, state-of-the-art terminal for Louis Armstrong International Airport.  The $826 million dollar terminal will be located north of the existing terminal and will be accessed via a new road off of the existing Loyola exit.

The Mayor promises the new terminal will be up and running in time for the city’s 300 year anniversary in 2018. The plan, according to the Aviation Board, would bring New Orleans a “world class airport”.

This is very exciting news for all of New Orleans and the entire metro region, but didn’t the city just spend over half a billion dollars on renovations to concourses B, C, and D?   Didn’t the airport just build a brand new consolidated rental car facility for tens of millions more?   Isn’t there a tunnel, with four lanes of roadway, that has sat unused for years, that could connect the original terminal to the new one?

Essentially a new Louis Armstrong is long overdue but the original facility should remain in play as well.  Two terminal with lots of room for future expansion.  We’ve got an opportunity that some have been waiting for for a lifetime.  Lets make sure we get it right, for us and future generations to come.