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The proposed terminal is seen as project that will spark the local economy, lead to increased tourism arrivals, and give the mayor something to brag about during his re-election campaign and, if successful, the city’s 300th anniversary.
Sweeping walls of glass that evoke the slaloming curves of a giant luge track dominate the drawings of a brand new terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport, unveiled with great pomp Thursday by a coterie of public officials.
The concept, created by a design team that included star Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli, is the end goal of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s ambitious, $826 million hope to have a re-imagined airport by May 2018 — just in time for New Orleans’ 300th anniversary. But the broader aim of the project, officials said, is to boost southeastern Louisiana’s historically laid-back economy.