New Orleans Airport Reports Spike in Revenue at New Terminal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Revenue from food and drinks has increased from a new $1 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport according to a recent report, which could mean more flights are added in the future.

There was a 32% increase in food and beverage revenue in November 2019, compared to November 2018, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. The new terminal opened Nov. 6.

A 46% revenue increase from drinking and dining options was recorded in December 2019, compared to the year before. The numbers were included in a report to the New Orleans Aviation Board last week, airport spokeswoman Erin Burns said.

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More non-airline revenue means it’s cheaper for carriers to fly in and out of the airport, and thus the airport is more attractive for airlines considering adding flights, the newspaper reported.

Since the new terminal opened, some people have said there aren’t many food options outside the security checkpoint, according to the newspaper. Others have complained about traffic outside the airport.

The airport’s Aviation Director Kevin Dolliole suggested some changes could be made later, according to the newspaper.

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