The Kenner City Council this week approved a conditional-use application for the construction of a new North Terminal and related improvements at Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Officials hope the new terminal increases the number of airlines and flights at the airport, which is in Kenner but is owned by the City of New Orleans.

The Kenner council needed to approve the application before any construction permits could be authorized, a new release said. The council did that Thursday, laying out the basic plan for the $650 million construction project, which is supposed to start later this summer and has an estimated completion date of 2018.

Meanwhile, the council elected District 1 representative Gregory Carroll to be its president for the next six months.

The council’s vice-president for the next six months will be Michael Sigur.

Carroll succeeds District 3 Councilman Keith Reynaud as president. As vice-president, Sigur succeeds Councilman-At-Large Keith Conley.

Carroll is in his second four-year term on the council. Sigur is in his first term.