Louis Armstrong Airport (MSY), New Orleans
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, owned by the city of New Orleans, is located about 10 miles west of the city's downtown along I-10. Commercial service began at this airport, initially called Moisant Field, in 1946. It's International Air Transport Association airport code, MSY, reflects this original name. In 2001 the airport was renamed after the famous jazz musician from New Orleans, Louis Armstrong.
I flew into MSY on a non-stop flight from Tampa using Southwest Airline in 2011. The airport feels a bit older than many others, but it is clean and convenient. From the airport to downtown, it is a fixed-rate $35 cab ride.
The airport lies just 4.5 feet above sea level, making it the second lowest such facility in the world after Amsterdam's airport. The airport handles about 8 million passengers a year, down significantly from its pre-Katrina highs of around 9.9 million passengers.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport(MSY) was the first thing we saw in NO, a normal airport with a legendary name of course and pictures of jazz players all over some walls :) It’s located 11 miles away from downtown New Orleans
From the airport to the city
Here are your options:
1)There is a shuttle bus that charges $20 per person one way (or $38 round trip)
the Airport Shuttle Ticket Desk, located across from baggage claim areas 3, 6 and 12. Service is available on a continuous basis with vans departing approximately every 30 minutes.
For Departure Reservations, call 504-522-3500 no later than 24 hours prior to your flight and don’t forget to inform the Reservationist of any international flight in order to schedule an earlier pick-up time. www.flymsy.com/
2)The taxi is the best way to get from the airport to the city(and cheaper to shuttle!). It’s a 10 mile ride to the French Quarter and the fixed price is $33 for 1-2 persons or $14 per passenger for 3 or more passengers. Pick-up is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage, they didn’t ask for it but we gave a tip anyway.
3)you may want to check the local bus which is the cheapest option but maybe you’ll have issues with a lot of luggage.
4)by car. There is very limited parking in the French Quarter and if you stay there you wont need one
We decided to rent a car at the New Orleans Airport. I made my rentals via Priceline.com and the name your own price option. I paid an average of $18/day for a midsize car - the price doubles with fees and taxes. We chose this option because we traveled to NO with my parents and wanted the ability to go outside the city for some day trips. Travel to /from the airport is not cheap - an average of $20/pp via cab or shuttle. Too much in our case. Parking in NO is not cheap either - about $30 in the downtown district for overnight parking. We had no trouble finding street parking for $1.50/hour - free from 6PM to 8AM. Note- we went in November - you may not be so lucky in the summer. Parking downtown was a snap - never more than a block from our hotel. French Quarter parking takes a little more patience.
Don't ask me why, but the New Orleans car rental companies are the most efficient I've ever seen. Pickups and drop offs took less than 5 minutes. We rented from National, Budget and Enterprise. Why 3? Because I messed up the dates .... repeatedly.