Increases in passenger traffic, coupled with a desire to update an obsolete airport master plan, have spurred the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (LANOIA) and the Federal Aviation Administration to implement this study. Together, they committed to identifying new opportunities for expanding and improving the markets served by LANOIA; improving the overall efficiency and access to the airport; and maximizing the potential that can be made available from its real property and regional attractions, as well as accommodating growth for 20 years and beyond.
It had long been understood that the primary issues the airport faced relative to growth, revolved around the ability to expand their facilities in a manner which provided the most benefit to the airport and the community. The study focused on providing a framework of decisions for expanding facilities and addressing the issues. Other issues such as the future runway and environmental impacts were not within the scope of this study.