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New Orleans Mayor Looks to Boost the Economy with Airport Terminal Project

Excerpt from NOLA.com

Jan 17, 2014 8:00 am

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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.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu unveiled renderings of the proposed terminal complex at the Louis Armstrong International Airport.

The terminal will feature two concourses with 30 arrival and departure gates, seamless connection between concourses, and 2,000 parking spots.

The North Terminal was designed by architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli, Manning Architects, Crescent City Aviation Team, and Leo A. Daily/Atkins Global.

The goal is to complete the $826 million development plan by May 2018 when the city celebrates its 300th anniversary.

The project is also hoped to boost southeastern Louisiana’s economy.

The project cleared federally required environmental impact assessments in December 2013.

Revenues from the airport’s new stores and restaurants will be used to reduce the cost for airlines looking travel to New Orleans.

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.

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