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$350 Million In MSY Upgrades To Begin  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

http://www.nola.com/business/index.s...ouis_armstrong_new_orleans_in.html

Pretty exciting stuff. This should make the airport much nicer than what it is now.

Some of the projects include...

* $9 million for upgrades to the airport exterior
* $21 million in interior improvements
* $45 million for a new baggage handling system
* $114 million consolidated rental car facility w/ 1,800 spaces

Also planned is a 6-gate extension of Concourse D featuring new food and retail stores and a new 5-gate extension of the West terminal, which I presume will be Concourse E.

The best part? Most if not all of this will be complete by 2013 with most of the projects beginning this year or next year.

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User currently offlineIowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4368 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3335 times:
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What will be the hurricane resistance to the new rental car facility and the gate extensions?


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3320 times:



Quoting Iowaman (Reply 1):
What will be the hurricane resistance to the new rental car facility and the gate extensions?

I have no idea, but I imagine they'll be built to withstand hurricane force winds.


User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

Good news for MSY. I have been to the airport before and I thought it wasn't all that bad to begin with. This ought to really make it nicer though. Keep us posted and please if you can, snap some pics!


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User currently offlineLhpdx From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Does MSY really need 11 gates at this time with the country in a recession? When i was there fall lf 09' There was hardly any aircraft moments......

User currently offlineDonindc From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3202 times:



Quoting Lhpdx (Reply 4):
Does MSY really need 11 gates at this time with the country in a recession? When i was there fall lf 09' There was hardly any aircraft moments......

I was thinking the same thing. Even though the article doesn't state this, my guess is that the 1970's era concourses (A&B) will be closed once these new gates are completed. I think these projects are more about aesthetic improvements as opposed to expansion.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3128 times:



Quoting Lhpdx (Reply 4):
Does MSY really need 11 gates at this time with the country in a recession? When i was there fall lf 09' There was hardly any aircraft moments......

They are going to be closing Concourse A in the near term and Concourse B is likely going to be closed, as well. The D extension and the new West terminal expansion will ensure adequate room for all current airlines and still offer open gates for future use.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

Here's a full list of improvements and developments:


- A new consolidated rental car facility

- A widened, multilaned Aberdeen Street from the airport to Veterans Boulevard;

- Parking garage expansion (1,000 more spaces);

- On-site hotel;

- Expansion of Concourse D;

- West terminal expansion and annex gates;

- New north perimeter road;

- Relocation and renovation of airfield lighting vault;

- New utility building;

- Westward expansion of Taxiway G;

- New and expanded fire station;

- Improvements to terminal exterior and interior

- Improved in-line baggage handling system.


User currently offlineBRJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3099 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 6):
They are going to be closing Concourse A in the near term and Concourse B is likely going to be closed, as well. The D extension and the new West terminal expansion will ensure adequate room for all current airlines and still offer open gates for future use.

Are they permanent closures? Just closing to make improvments I hope!
Seems like they will need to increase the security lanes on D with Northwest flights moving over and then if they move more airlines over as well.

Perhaps the "E" concourse would be for Southwest?


User currently offlineASEFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3065 times:



Quoting Lhpdx (Reply 4):
Does MSY really need 11 gates at this time with the country in a recession? When i was there fall lf 09' There was hardly any aircraft moments......

I think it is being built under the impression that the country will be coming out of this recession eventually and that the numbers will be improving at MSY just as they have been.


User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 41
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3034 times:



Quoting Lhpdx (Reply 4):
Does MSY really need 11 gates at this time with the country in a recession?

According to the article says the upgrades will be finished in 2013. One would hope the economy is in somewhat better shape by then. If it isn't, well, I think empty airport terminals are probably the least of our worries...

V/F



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User currently offlineYellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 6050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3025 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 7):
- On-site hotel;

Does MSY really need an on-site hotel?



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User currently offlineAmtrakGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

Is there any plan for trolley or light-rail between airport and downtown New Orleans?

User currently offlineMSYPI7185 From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2985 times:



Quoting Yellowtail (Reply 11):
Does MSY really need an on-site hotel?

It would certainly help matters. Hotel space is still hard to come by in the city, and the areas of Metairie and Kenner do not have an abundance of hotels either. There is definitely more room for expansion. This is an area the airport can cash in on, especially if they build adequite conference space.

Concourse A and B are slated to be closed permanently when the construction is done. The new gates (at least some of them) are supposed to be built to accomodate widebodies. None of the gates on A or B are really designed to handle widebodies, even though in the past Gates B7, B9, & B11 have accomodated Widebodies. (B7 AA used for DC10's, National used B7, B9 primarily for DC10's and I have used B11 for a World Airways DC10 charter and a PanAm 747-100 charter).

MD


User currently offlineMASTYC From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2966 times:



Quoting AmtrakGuy (Reply 12):
Is there any plan for trolley or light-rail between airport and downtown New Orleans?

I have not seen any plans for this. I believe that part of the problem is that there are different parishes between the airport and downtown. I believe some cities have a common share in public transportation. From what I remember, Kenner(where MSY is) and New Orleans work together on public transportation but Metairie which sits between the two does not. You can't even take a bus from the airport to downtown New Orleans anymore without changing from one transport authority to another.

On a happier note, New Orleans does have plans in place for 3 new streetcar lines that will extend from the current lines. I think most of it depends on stimulus money but I am really excited about the potential rampart/St Claude line. The new lines would definitely make NOLA more user friendly for people who don't want to rent cars and pay outrageous parking.

Quoting Yellowtail (Reply 11):
Does MSY really need an on-site hotel?

If it had a skybridge to the airport and you never had to go outside in the summer in New Orleans....absolutely! LOL!


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

I just found out that JetBlue moved to C-2 today. So I assume DL/NW has an extra gate at their disposal.

Quoting MASTYC (Reply 14):
On a happier note, New Orleans does have plans in place for 3 new streetcar lines that will extend from the current lines. I think most of it depends on stimulus money but I am really excited about the potential rampart/St Claude line. The new lines would definitely make NOLA more user friendly for people who don't want to rent cars and pay outrageous parking.

I heard about that...very exciting news. From what I am hearing all three will probably be built...French Quarter loop down St.Claude and Elysian Fields, Convention Center loop, and the line down Loyola Ave. to the Amtrak/Greyhound terminal.

Quoting Yellowtail (Reply 11):
Does MSY really need an on-site hotel?

I think the size of the hotel proposed (250 rooms) would be a good fit for the airport. It wouldn't be an overkill for the area.

Quoting MASTYC (Reply 14):
You can't even take a bus from the airport to downtown New Orleans anymore without changing from one transport authority to another.

Last time I checked it was Jefferson Transit which operates the direct bus from the airport to downtown N.O and then you have to change to the RTA to get to other parts of the city. Has that changed?


User currently offlineMASTYC From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2883 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 15):
Last time I checked it was Jefferson Transit which operates the direct bus from the airport to downtown N.O and then you have to change to the RTA to get to other parts of the city. Has that changed?

It drops you off at the burger king at Carrollton and Tulane and then you can take RTA down Tulane to Tulane hospital unless they changed it. Don't ask me how I know.

Can't wait for the St. Claude line..yippee


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2883 times:



Quoting MASTYC (Reply 16):
It drops you off at the burger king at Carrollton and Tulane and then you can take RTA down Tulane to Tulane hospital unless they changed it. Don't ask me how I know.

Ah ok...I thought they used to drop people off at Elk's Place near Canal and Loyola....must have changed that. I guess it's better than nothing but it's not as convenient as it should be.

Quoting MASTYC (Reply 16):
Can't wait for the St. Claude line..yippee

Yeah, I can't wait until those tracks are laid down. Too bad all of the old lines were torn up in the early/mid 1900's...there were dozens of lines that crisscrossed the city. Nice to see some of them coming back.


User currently offlineDalb777 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2829 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
* $45 million for a new baggage handling system

Does this include new baggage carousels? The ones currently at MSY are so outdated and so loud!

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 15):
I just found out that JetBlue moved to C-2 today.

So does this mean UA is down to 2 gates, C4 and C6?

Also, where would Concourse E be built?



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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2821 times:



Quoting Dalb777 (Reply 18):
Does this include new baggage carousels? The ones currently at MSY are so outdated and so loud!

Not sure, but I hope so. They are due for a change.

Quoting Dalb777 (Reply 18):
So does this mean UA is down to 2 gates, C4 and C6?

Also, where would Concourse E be built?

UA apparently swapped C-2 for C-3. I see the R.O.N from IAD is parking at C-3 tonight.

As for E...I think it will be connected to the DL/CO/B6 ticket lobby by moving walkways and extend out towards the West ramp....that general direction. I saw a diagram of it a few years' back and that's where it was located.


User currently offlineApjung From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2690 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 7):
- A widened, multilaned Aberdeen Street from the airport to Veterans Boulevard;

Woohoo! I'll finally get to see the long finished but unused tunnel underneath the Runway 10/28 extension.



Andy P. Jung
User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3009 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2640 times:

I don't know which concourse it is/was, but the farthest East (towards downtown) concourse, I think, would look good today, the way it looked many years ago. I'm referring to the grey concourse (the "modern" one back in the day") where NA and WN used to have gates.

Why is that totally shut off? It's a beautiful piece of airport architecture! Open, lots of glass, looks good both inside and outside. Why spend all this $$ on adding to other concourses, when there's this entire concourse, that's not being used (and sounds like never will be used)???

What a waste.

[Edited 2009-06-28 15:50:39]


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 2566 times:



Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 21):
Why is that totally shut off? It's a beautiful piece of airport architecture! Open, lots of glass, looks good both inside and outside. Why spend all this $$ on adding to other concourses, when there's this entire concourse, that's not being used (and sounds like never will be used)???

I've heard that US might be moving to the far end of Concourse B, the one you are talking about. The airport has been remodeling that far end of the terminal. That was the former CO gate area. The passenger area of the concourse is ok but the offices located underneath are old. It's just an older facility...the airport has done a good job is sprucing it up but it's still over 30 years old...they probably just figure it's time for something more passenger friendly and modern.

In 5 years' time, assuming the D extention and the new E gates are completed, this is what I think the airport layout will be:

A: Closed
B: Closed
C: B6, AM, AA, FL, US
D: DL, CO, UA
E: WN

That's just a guess and assuming no new airlines will join the group, but I think a couple of new carriers will be flying to MSY by that time.


User currently offlineASEFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 2509 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 7):

- A widened, multilaned Aberdeen Street from the airport to Veterans Boulevard;

Is this the tunnel??!! When I was home visiting the folks in May there was an article in the picayune that seemed to suggest the tunnel would never be used.

Is there any hope for a direct connection to I-10 WB? It always struck me as an incredible hassle to those westbound travelers to get on to Vets, sit in the Vets/Williams left turn lanes, sit in another few lights to make a left turn to get onto 10 (especially since the interchange is pretty new and could have been built to tie into the airport access road).


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 2451 times:



Quoting ASEFlyer (Reply 23):
Is this the tunnel??!! When I was home visiting the folks in May there was an article in the picayune that seemed to suggest the tunnel would never be used.

Is there any hope for a direct connection to I-10 WB? It always struck me as an incredible hassle to those westbound travelers to get on to Vets, sit in the Vets/Williams left turn lanes, sit in another few lights to make a left turn to get onto 10 (especially since the interchange is pretty new and could have been built to tie into the airport access road).

Unfortunately no, it's not the tunnel. Like the article said that might not be used, ever.

Aberdeen is the road that runs from Vets to the north GA ramp area…it runs nowhere near the levee, which is where the road would run that would end up under the tunnel (maybe ½ mile apart)

The reason for the no entrance to I-10WB from the access road are height restrictions for the approach to runway 19.


25 SKYYBLUE : Are all of the gates in C connected to the FIS, or a select few? I remember always coming into C1(?) with TACA in the 1990's. Which terminal is the "w
26 MSYtristar : No, not all of them. Besides C1, C5 and C11 are connected to the FIS. I think their might be one or two more...might be one of the UA gates...none of
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