America’s Fastest Growing Airport and Where Boston Ranks

Passengers check-in at the Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, Louisiana January 29, 2014. Flights resumed on Wednesday after all flights were cancelled Tuesday due to icy conditions. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT SOCIETY)
Passengers check in at the Louis Armstrong International Airport in Louisiana.
REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

What is the fastest growing airport in America? We’ll give you a hint: Christina Aguilera is playing a jazz fest close by this Friday night.

If you guessed Louis Armstrong International Airport, located in Louisiana 11 miles from downtown New Orleans, you are correct. And for those flying there this week to catch the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, we are officially jealous.

But back to the airports. According to Airline Weekly, Armstrong’s growth — 7 percent last year — is due to Southwest expanding and Spirit Airlines adding more flights. Last year, 9.2 million passengers boarded flights there. The airport will add a brand new, $826 million terminal in four years. The folks there are hoping the airport’s new addition will welcome Super Bowl fans in 2018 should New Orleans win its bid to host.

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So how did Boston rank? Logan International Airport is the 16th fastest growing airport, with 3 percent growth last year. And Logan is the 19th busiest airport in the nation, with 30.2 million passengers last year. The busiest airport in the country is Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with 94.4 million passengers. However, it did not see any growth last year.