Louisiana — Airports
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
The busiest airport in Louisiana is located 10 miles west of downtown New Orleans. It handles more than eight million passengers annually, mainly on domestic routes. Atlanta is the most popular connection, followed by Houston, Dallas, Denver, Charlotte, Chicago, and Los Angeles. International service is limited to Toronto via Air Canada and Mexico City via Aeromexico. American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and US Airways are the carriers with regular flights in and out of New Orleans.
There is one large terminal at the airport with four concourses branching off for specific airlines. ATMs can be found in all the concourses, but full banking services are limited to Whitney Bank in Concourse C. There are a handful of restaurants, and Wi-Fi internet is provided throughout the airport. Concourse D has the only VIP lounge courtesy of Delta though there is a Travelex America Business Center in Concourse C.
Ground transportation is provided by taxis that charge a flat rate for all destinations in the Central Business District (CBD). Airport shuttles are slightly cheaper if you are traveling alone, but just as expensive if there are two people going to the same place. Public buses are the cheapest option, but only useful if you are traveling very light. Limousines also do a busy trade out of the airport, and nine car rental companies are on site such as Avis, Alamo and Budget. The airport is located just off Interstate 10 for easy access to the rest of southern Louisiana.
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport
Louisiana’s second-busiest airport is located about four miles north of Baton Rouge. Due to its proximity to New Orleans, it serves as an alternative airport for travel into southern Louisiana. Less than one million people fly to Baton Rouge each year, mainly on American, Delta, United, and US Airways. Domestic flights are limited to Atlanta, Houston, Memphis, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Charlotte.
The modern terminal has Wi-Fi internet throughout and a useful business center in the main greeting area. Other passenger amenities are rather limited, but there is a food court, ATMs, gift shops, and a large atrium in the center. Five rental car companies can be found at Baton Rouge’s airport, including Avis, Enterprise and National. Taxis and airport shuttles are the other options for transportation into Baton Rouge.