New Orleans International

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)


Louis Armstrong International Airport is located 11.5 miles (19km) west of central New Orleans, and is Louisiana's primary commercial airport. Formerly known as Moisant Field, the airport was renamed for iconic jazz musician Louis Armstrong in 2001.

The airport is known for its efficiency, and long queues are a rare occurrence. Passengers can sample local Creole food and music in the restaurants and shops, or just sit back and enjoy the regular live music performances in Concourse C.


The airport is situated 11 miles (19km) west of downtown New Orleans.

Getting to the city

The Airport-Downtown Express (E-2) stop is on the second level of the airport. Express tickets to the city cost $2. The Airport Shuttle offers a service to and from the hotels throughout the Metropolitan area for $24 per person, one way ($44 return). The Airport Shuttle ticket booths are located in the baggage claim area on the lower level.


GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).


Switchboard: +1 504 464 0831. Information desk: 504 464 2752.

Car rental

Numerous car rental companies are represented at the airport, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Dollar, Payless and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

There are taxis available on the lower level outside the baggage claim zone. For one to two persons it costs approximately $36 from the airport to the CBD, for three or more passengers it costs $15 per passenger.


Banks and business centres offer foreign money exchange, ATMs and a host of other banking and business services. Internet access is available, as well as duty-free shopping, gift shops, a post office, advance baggage check-in and a visitor information service. Facilities for the disabled are good. There are a number of restaurants in the terminal and concourses. Smoking is prohibited in the main terminal building; however, there are designated smoking locations on the upper and lower ramps outside the terminal.


Short-term parking at Louis Armstrong International Airport starts at $2 for the first hour and $2 for every half hour thereafter up to a daily limit of $18.50. Long-term parking charges are similar, but with a daily maximum of $15. A third, ticketless 'credit card' lot charges $11 per 24 hours. All vehicles are subject to a search before parking.




The airport offers free wifi in 85 percent of the main terminal, including the food courts. Connect via the LANOIA_FREE_WIFI signal.

Business Lounges

The Delta Crown Room Club on Concourse D has business services like fax and copy machines, and limited conference facilities.

New Orleans International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.