Many people find traveling a tiring and chaotic experience. Whether it’s a case of lost luggage, canceled flights, or just long days, there’s always something. However, when an airport chooses to provide amenities that both delight travelers while helping them relax, it can truly make a long day of flying pleasant. Recently, our very own Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport (MSY) opened a new terminal to replace its old facility. Here’s all you need to know about the brand new MSY.

Changes to the Airport Environment and Social Amenities

The project to update the airport was years in the making and ended up costing $1.6 billion, but it looks like the cost was well worth it. From the entrance, there’s a more clear intent to move passengers through the airport swiftly with widened car drop-off lanes, an updated security checkpoint, and multiple TSA PreCheck lines. Once inside, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi at the elegant and spacious 972,000 square foot airport hall while they wait for their flights. The open-air, three-story, atrium provides a welcome relief from the cramped ambiance of the previous 50-year-old facility. There’s also water bottle refilling and charging stations, as well as a nursing area and pet relief sections.

Variety of Food and Drinks at the Airport

You don’t have to venture out of the airport to enjoy a taste of local and international cuisines (and because this is New Orleans—beverages) as the airport features triple the number of food and beverage selections available at most airports. Some of the dining options include:

  • Folse Market – Chef John Folse, who is the global ambassador for Creole and Cajun cuisine, runs this elegant restaurant with the help of the renowned Chef Rick Tomato of New York. This restaurant serves a variety of local favorites, including fried oysters, gumbo, po’boys, coffee, and wine.
  • The Munch Factory – This modern Creole gem offers a fresh take on Louisiana grub. For those traveling early in the morning, stop by The Munch Factory for traditional breakfast items including bacon, scrambled eggs, jalapeno on a wheat tortilla, and cheese.
  • Leah’s Kitchen – Inspired by the Queen of Creole cuisine herself, Leah Chase, Leah’s Kitchen features many favorites from the famed Dooky Chase restaurant to give visitors a true taste of downhome New Orleans. Sample the crawfish etouffee, gumbo, or fried chicken.

Planning a trip can be hectic, especially when you’re visiting a new place. At Joieful, we plan experiences for travelers visiting New Orleans so that it doesn’t have to be. We can help make your entire trip a joy, from reliable airport transportation when you fly into MSY, to customized tours for large groups and unique VIP experiences. Purchase your experience with us today.