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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Louisiana is a medium size, primarily air carrier airport 11 miles west of downtown New Orleans. The airport has two runways and two FBOs serving visiting business and GA aircraft as well as a new passenger terminal on the north side of the airport. View a printable document of the MSY information found on this Web page. 


Know Before You Go

  • The airport has two RWYS.  RWY 11/29 and RWY 02/20.
  • Hot Spot 1 is located at the intersection of RWY 11/29 and TWY F.
    • Runway 11 is the primary RWY and TWY F is the primary turnoff for air carrier traffic inbound to the new terminal.  The close proximity of the TWY to the new terminal can be a source of delay for arriving and departing aircraft trying to get to/from the terminal.
    • The TWR is normally aware of your parking request but due to congestion, you may have to initially turn in the direction away from your parking location.
  • Hot Spot 2 is located on the east end of the field.
    • RWY 11/29 and RWY 02/20 are physically close to one another, but they do not intersect.
    • The pavement between RWY 11/29 and RWY 02/20 is painted green.
    • Pilots still mistake this area for TWY E.
    • Mistakenly turning into this area may cause a conflict with aircraft operating on RWY 11/29.
  • Hot Spot 3, at the intersection of TWY C and RWY 11/29, is a busy crossing location on a busy RWY.  
  • Not identified as a Hot Spot – the pavement north of the RWY 11/29 and TWY B intersection is a closed surface is a dead end. It is not a TWY.
  • The pavement south of TWY U and between TWY S and RWY 02/20 is closed – do not use this surface as a turnoff when exiting RWY 02/20.

Below find various MSY-specific information and things to be aware of, as well as general information to inform your preflight planning. This will be reviewed quarterly and updated as needed. This information is to supplement the From the Flight Deck Videos that are produced by the FAA Runway Safety Group. Here you will also find information provided by the local air traffic controllers at the airport where you intend to fly. The information is subject to change. Not for navigation or legal* pre-flight action. Always refer to official pre-flight materials such as, but not limited to, NOTAMs, airport diagrams, VFR charts and airport construction notices for the latest airport-specific details.

MSY Tower Administrative Office
Business Phone 504-471-4300
Open 0700L to 1500L M-F 

General Links

Here are some links to current FAA information.

Some Advisory Circulars for Reference 

Last updated: Friday, August 25, 2023