New airport terminal delayed again

Sewage pipe issue requires $7.5 million re-work, new opening date in May 2019

David Blake
September 20, 2018 - 1:22 pm

Another delay for the new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. This makes the third delay. The aviation board today announced the new terminal's opening date is being pushed back to May 15, 2019.

A sewage pipe issue marks the third time that airport officials have had to push back the planned opening of the new terminal, originally slated for May 2018, then pushed back at one point to October and later to Feb. 20, 2019.

Political analyst Clancy DuBos says this is not unusual, especially on a project this size, but he said politicians do need to stay on top of it.

''In this case, this is a big public project, so the citizens need an explanation, they need to know why it's delayed and they need full disclosure,'' DuBos said.

DuBos says eventually, the terminal will be a great addition to New Orleans.

''Look back at the Louisiana Superdome: the initial price tag was $35 million. It wound up costing more than $160 million and delayed for years, but it was well worth it," said DuBos.

Aviation board member Doug Thornton said in an interview with The New Orleans Avocate, “We’re building an airport for the next 50 to 75 years. We want to make sure we get it right. If it means some delay, so be it.”

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