New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu, has begun pushing for an upgrade to Louis Armstrong International Airport, which will include improvements to the airport's concessions.
Any upgrades to the airport facilities will seek to emphasize a sense that travelers are actually in New Orleans, rather than in Generic Airport Hell:
"When you come to our airport, you do not get the sense of place that you're in New Orleans," [Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad] said. "You don't get it in the food, you don't see it in the ambiance. And I think that's going to be part of the design criteria as we move forward."Louis Armstrong Airport has been described as "the filthiest airport in North America," "a disgusting embarrassment" with "dingy, dirty, horrible overpriced food served by surly employees," and "a disgrace." So anything would be an upgrade. But hopefully New Orleans follows Atlanta's example and gets some big name local chefs to bid for restaurant locations in the redesigned Louis Armstrong.