(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Even though Super Bowl XLVII has come to a close, the airports’ work continues as it prepares for the hundreds of thousands of travelers returning home from Super Bowl and crossing paths with those visiting for Mardi Gras 2013. On Sunday, February 3 and Monday, February 4, the airport anticipates it will process over 42,000 travelers. On Wednesday, February 7, the airport gears up to receive the thousands of travelers coming in town for the remainder of the 2013 Carnival Season. More than 1 million visitors are expected to make the trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
A few parades throughout the Crescent City have already taken place but more tourists are expected to arrive no later than Saturday, February 9 in order to enjoy a weekend of festivities leading up to Lundi Gras and Fat Tuesday. To accommodate the influx of travelers and expedite the flow of traffic, the New Orleans International Airport is recommending a five step process:
5. Checkout of your hotel five hours prior to departure.
4. Turn in your rental car four hours before departure.
3. Arrive at ticket counter three hours before departure.
2. Visit security checkpoint two hours prior to departure.
1. Arrive at terminal gate one hour prior to departure.
The airport in conjunction with the TSA has nearly doubled the number of passenger screening lanes to meet the outbound demand for Monday, February 4, and added additional baggage screening equipment. On Sunday, February 3, TSA checkpoints will open at the normal time and not close until Monday, February 4, after the last flight departs. Also, concessions will remain open with certain locations remaining open all night to meet traveler’s needs.
“We have been working around the clock to accommodate all travelers,” says Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad. “We are also fully prepared for what will be one of New Orleans’ highest attended Carnival seasons.”
Beginning in 2011, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport underwent a $300 million construction renovation in advance of Super Bowl XLVII. The airport is expected to bring in $74.4 million in total revenue, up from $69.2 million in 2012.