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The British Airways' inaugural flight lands from London at the New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner in March 2017. It was the first international flight from Europe to land since the 1980s to land at the airport.

Another year, another record at Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Total passengers for the airport in 2017 finished at 12,009,512, surpassing the previous record of about 11.1 million the year before.

It was the seventh consecutive year of passenger growth, with a 35 percent increase since 2010, according to a release.

"This is a clear sign that New Orleans isn’t just back on its feet, it is as vibrant as ever. As a top travel destination in 2018, we are in a position to see even more tourism growth during our tricentennial year," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

The airport is slated to complete construction on the new North Terminal in 2019.

The airport added a slew of new routes in 2017, including:

  • Allegiant Air began nonstop service to two new destinations: Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Cleveland, Ohio.
  • British Airways launched four times weekly nonstop flights to London-Heathrow, a new international destination from MSY, and announced the addition of a fifth frequency in October 2017.
  • Southwest Airlines began seasonal service to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Ohio's John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
  • Condor Airlines launched seasonal nonstop service to Frankfurt, Germany, a new international destination from MSY.
  • Vacation Express added more flights to Cancun, Mexico, for the 2017 season.
  • Alaska Airlines and Virgin America began daily nonstop service to San Francisco.
  • Frontier Airlines launched service to four cities, including two new destinations with Islip, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island, and two existing destinations with San Antonio and Austin, Texas.
  • Spirit Airlines added nonstop service to four cities, including daily service to Boston, Newark, New Jersey, and Tampa, Florida, and four times per week flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Flights already announced to be added in 2018 include:

February: Delta Air Lines will begin twice weekly service to Seattle and Boston.

March: Spirit Airlines will begin seasonal nonstop service to Columbus.

April: Southwest Airlines will launch flights to two new nonstop destinations, Sacramento and San Jose, California, as well as its first international flight from New Orleans to Cancun, all scheduled to begin with one weekly frequency.

Spirit Airlines will operate four flights per week from MSY to Atlantic City International Airport, a new destination from New Orleans.

May: Vacation Express expands service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

“Reaching the 12 million passenger mark is a huge accomplishment for MSY,” said Kevin Dolliole, director of aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. “More than 20 new flights were announced in 2017 making New Orleans more connected and accessible than ever.”