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Image of the Month
October 2011

This photograph by Geer Studio appeared in the Times-Picayune on October 1, 1955, accompanying an article on the New Orleans Aviation Board's plans for a five-year, $16 million improvement program for Moisant Airport. On their agenda were the following:
  1. A new terminal building estimated to cost $7,071,000
  2. Extension of runways and approaches, strengthening of runways, taxiways, lighting, parking aprons and drainage, with an estimated cost of $7,886,700
  3. Related facilities such as roads, parking, sewerage disposal, street lighting and a fire crash station for $924,000

The photograph is looking towards Williams Boulevard with Airline Highway on the right. It shows Moisant's original terminal building next to the row of planes lined up on the airport's apron. Work had just been completed on a major improvement to the East-West runway at a cost of just under $800,000.

The new terminal was dedicated on November 11, 1959. Two years later, the Moisant name gave way to the new designation, New Orleans International Airport. Ten years ago, on July 11, 2001, Mayor Marc Morial signed an ordinance renaming the facility in honor of Louis Armstrong--Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

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