The gateway to New Orleans – the Louis Armstrong International Airport — is actually in Kenner. But that doesn’t matter to the millions of visitors who stream through the terminal each year, making it one of the largest destination airports in the United States. Just a few years after New Orleans Lakefront Airport opened in 1934, it was clear the airport wouldn’t be large enough for commercial traffic and it would be too expensive to expand at that site. The city was eyeing a cow pasture in Kenner when World War II started. The land in Kenner was used as an air base. After the war, the city of New Orleans began using as Moisant Field, or Moisant Stock Yards (MSY) as a commercial airport.
For more than a decade, the field serviced passengers out of Quonset hut. In 1959, a new terminal was opened, which is still being used today, though with major expansions made in 1974 and 1996.
The airport was renamed Louis Armstrong International Airport in 2001 to commemorate Armstrong’s 100th birthday.
The airport served a record 11.14 million passengers in 2016. A new terminal on the north end of the airport is being built. It is scheduled to be completed in February 2019.