New Orleans completes multimillion dollar airport facelift in time for Super Bowl

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Posted on January 15, 2013 at 7:39 AM

KENNER, La. - On Tuesday, officials will mark the completion of a multimillion dollar facelift at the Armstrong International Airport.

It is the first time it has been upgraded in many years.

Huge crowds are expected at the airport during the Super Bowl, which takes place in New Orleans on February 3.

Super Bowl XLVII signs can be spotted in many of the terminals and lobbies.

There were 14 projects completed in time for the big game.

Among the major projects was the renovation of the rental car facility. Previously, 800 cars could be held at the facility, but now 1,800 cars can be held.

Many of terminals have been updated with new furnishings, including comfortable seating areas, artwork and check-in counters.

Outlets for travelers' electronics have been installed in many locations.

Baggage screening machines have been moved behind the ticket counters, so that commuters do not have to haul their luggage to another area after checking-in.

Bigger Transportation Security Administration stations were built to handle larger volumes and expedite the process.

New concession stands and restaurants were opened.

A New Orleans Saints store was put in place.

Renovations began in 2009, around the time the 2013 Super Bowl was awarded to New Orleans.

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