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The Daily Review/Diane Miller Fears
The Jazz Garden at The New MSY will feature a regular schedule of entertainment, officials say. The Batiste Brothers performed for the Thursday open house.

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One of the biggest changes for passengers will be the consolidated security checkpoint.

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Connie Grimball Thomas of Berwick checks in at the Sprint counter during The New MSY passenger experience Thursday.

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One of the four parking options at The New MSY is a surface lot steps away from the ground-level departures and baggage area.

A better way to fly: New Orleans airport offers new experience

The thrill of excitement was in the air Thursday when members of the public were able to get a glimpse of “The New MSY” during passenger experiences and open houses held at the new terminal set to open Nov. 6 in Kenner.
Guests taking the passenger experience went through a simulation of checking a bag and going to the security checkpoint before touring the new concourses.
Plans are for the current 60-year-old Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (with the aviation designation of MSY) to move its services after the last flight on Nov. 5 to The New MSY during the night, according to airport personnel at the open house.
“Individuals with travel scheduled on or after Nov. 6 are advised to take the necessary steps to prepare for arriving at or departing from a different terminal facility in a new location,” states the airport news release. “Passengers should plan to arrive to the airport at least two hours ahead of their scheduled departure to allow enough time to check in, process through security and get to their gate.”
One of the biggest changes for passengers will be the consolidated security checkpoint.
The current airport has security checkpoints at each concourse.
The New MSY has a single consolidated security checkpoint with 15 lanes that leads to all three concourses.
The news release says the “centralized checkpoint enables the Transportation Security Administration to provide more efficient passenger processing and gets passengers to gates more quickly.”
Now passengers will have access to every concourse including the more than 40 restaurants and retail concessions.
Concourses also feature charging stations at every other set of chairs, free WiFi, water bottle refilling stations, three mothers’ rooms, fully automated restrooms and a pet relief area.
The terminal spans 972,000 square feet and features three concourses, 35 gates, and concessions located past security checkpoints will feature more than 40 food, beverage, news, gift and specialty retail options.
A few of the food offerings include Emeril’s Table, MoPho, Leah Chase, Angelo Brocato and Shake Shack.
The New MSY plans to offer three curbside check-in locations that are easily accessible to the Short Term Garage.
Concourse A will feature the international gates. Domestic flights are set for Concourse B and C, each with 16 gates.
Parking at the
New Terminal
With more than 8,000 spaces, there will be four different parking options from which to choose at The New MSY.
—Short Term Garage ($22 daily): There will be 2,190 spaces as well as a walkway directly from the fourth level of the garage to the Ticketing and Check-in area on the third level of the terminal.
—Long Term Garage ($20 daily): With 2,750 spaces located across from the arrivals area on the east side of the facility.
—Surface Parking Lot ($18 daily): Another option adjacent to the terminal offers 685 spaces of outdoor parking a short walk away.
—Economy Garage ($12 daily): The garage that currently operates as the Long Term Garage on Airline Drive at the existing terminal will become a remote 2,438-space facility with optimized shuttle service available to and from the new terminal.
All daily parking prices have no additional taxes or fees.
For access to The New MSY, take I-10 East and exit at Loyola Drive. Turn right at Loyola Drive and continue straight across Veterans Boulevard onto Terminal Drive, which is the Airport’s dedicated roadway system. From there, follow the signage to access the departures curb, arrivals curb, parking options and more.
The arrivals curb is located on the third-level and the departures curb is on ground level near baggage claim, each on a different side of the facility.
Separate arrival and departure road systems are expected to reduce curbside congestion.
Airport visitors will have a bright facility that features an abundance of large windows and high ceilings.
Arrivals on the third level will have a large ticketing area with elevators and escalators to second level for the security checkpoint and concourses. Ground level is baggage claim and access to transportation.
The airport promotes the second-level Jazz Garden with its green plants surrounding a stage in the arrivals area as a place where live music and entertainment will be featured on a regular schedule.
For the open house Thursday, guests were treated to music in the Jazz Garden by The Batiste Brothers. Open houses for Saturday morning at the new facility were consolidated to the afternoon due to weather-related power outages impacting the Kenner area that affected the current airport. The new terminal wasn’t affected, according to the airports news release.
“This will be an historic moment for the people of New Orleans and the entire gulf coast region,” said Michael Bagneris, New Orleans Aviation Board chair. “
"As the largest commercial airport in the state of Louisiana, we know this infrastructure investment will have a lasting impact in our community. I strongly believe The New MSY gives us all the best opportunity to compete in the global, 21st-century economy.”
Construction of the new terminal began January 2016 by a joint venture of local and national construction companies. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is owned by the City of New Orleans and governed by the New Orleans Aviation Board.

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