Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the aviation board unveiled plans to build a state of the art airport terminal Wednesday.
The terminal will be built on the north side of Louis Armstrong International.
The announcement comes on the heels of a study that says the age of the current airport makes it harder for New Orleans to attract new flights and business.
The mayor has high hopes for the new terminal.
“This is one of these wonderful opportunities where all of the stars aligned and the people of the city of New Orleans and this region decided to seize the moment that has been missed by us so many times.” Landrieu said.
The expansion project is expected to cost $800 million dollars.
Construction will start next year.
The terminal is expected to be completed in 2018.