Airport busy after Jazz Fest, Zurich Classic weekend


Posted on April 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- If you ask anyone leaving New Orleans on Monday, they would tell you the past weekend was full of things to do.

James Untrauer is headed back to California.

“It was great," he said. "The music was good, the food was good. I don't know which one was better."

From the time the gates opened at the Fair Grounds, crowds poured into the 45th year of Jazz Fest. They marched to the green at the TPC Louisiana to catch the Zurich Classic.

It was a weekend packed full of everything New Orleans, but all good things must come to an end. When the fun winds down, long lines build at the airport as people arrive hours ahead of time in anticipation of thousands headed home.

“A lot of people come in for Jazz Fest that I am aware of, so i figured a lot of people would be leaving out of here early to get to their respective places,” Robert Baerncopf said.

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is expecting more than 20,000 people to fly out Monday. They are also expecting another 12,000 people to fly in the airport for an orthodontist convention.

Armstrong has already personal records for people traveling through the gates. The latest numbers were more than 4 million used the facility last year.

Marhsall Freiman flew out Monday.

“We have a lot of friends here and so just the people and the atmosphere is great," he said. "The food is good. And the music, everywhere you turn there is great music."

Now the airport has to put on its dancing shoes once again as another round of festival-goers are expected to fly in mid-week.