EXISTING TERMINAL REDEVELOPMENTThe New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) recently commissioned a land use analysis to explore both near- and long-term land use opportunities that will result from moving passenger operations from the south side of the airfield to the north. This is a significant shift in airport operations, and therefore will have an impact on current users of the airport as well as create new opportunities for the airport in the future.
The existing terminal area is an ideal opportunity for expanding MSY’s offerings as an international airport and greatly increasing aviation uses with potential for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities (MROs) and/or commercial hangars. In order to open up those opportunities for commercial development in the areas adjacent to the airfield in the near term, the analysis recommends the demolition of Concourses A, B and C and most of the main terminal area. The original “parabola” structure along with Concourse D and its lobby area will remain in place for the near to medium term.
This analysis demonstrates how the airport can capitalize on near-term demand for aviation-related and commercial real estate development while maintaining long-term flexibility and innovation. Moving forward, the airport will continue to assess specific opportunities for development in greater detail.
In general, the analysis provides general guidance and a set of land use development principles to ensure that appropriate uses develop and operate in appropriate areas:
- Land that is vacant should be prioritized for early opportunities to introduce new aviation or non-aviation uses to airport land.
- Aviation-related uses should be prioritized for NOAB-owned land that has ready access to existing apron or for which installing additional apron is physically and financially feasible.
- Other NOAB-owned land presents opportunities for non-aviation related uses, including commercial real estate development, given the following conditions:
- The land has limited or no existing apron access;
- Installing additional apron is not feasible or necessary; and
- The land is not critical to existing or future planned airport operations (for example, within a runway protection zone).
- Like aviation-related uses, non-aviation related land development should take advantages of existing infrastructure, but only if physically and financially feasible.
- Existing facilities that 1) are in good condition and still have useful life remaining, and/or 2) have a high replacement cost due to their recent construction or specialized equipment should be maintained to the end of their useful life; but over the long-term should also be made available for redevelopment.
- Over the long-term, should aviation-related land uses fail to materialize on land that has apron access, and/or should there remain few available opportunities for non-aviation uses elsewhere, NOAB should retain flexibility and be open to non-aviation opportunities on aviation-suitable land, including but not limited to commercial real estate development.
For business development opportunities outside of the new terminal, please contact the Commercial Development division at 504-303-7743.