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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Is Baton Rouge Metro Airport so much easier to navigate than
Armstrong International in New Orleans? Hundreds of people here for the
Super Bowl thought so. On Monday, they were headed back home decked out
in their football gear.
Super Bowl XLVII brought folks from
around the world to New Orleans, but many people passed up the hustle
and bustle of New Orleans International for the calm of Baton Rouge
"It was just going to be crowded. I know there was a
five-hour wait to go through security," said Ray Paone, visiting from
"Oh this airport is a lot quieter than New Orleans
was," said Tracy Haffie, who flew into New Orleans but is returning
home to Canada from BTR.
Airport spokesperson Jim Caldwell says
Mondays are generally busy for them. But the big game took things to a
different level with the numbers. Baton Rouge Metro was a perfect
alternative supplying flights and peace of mind.
"We did convince
several carriers to upgage aircrafts to some larger jets, so seating
capacity went up a little....not as much as we would have liked because I
know we would have sold additional seats, but we probably went up about
20 percent," said Caldwell.
Caldwell says people with their own planes found a home at BTR.
"We had over 50 private jets...corporate jets coming in including some
charters," said Caldwell. "We get revenue from that. We get landing
fees. It's good for our fix-based operators."
While Super Bowl festivities have now ended for New Orleans and South Louisiana, many are ready to return.
time in New Orleans...had a blast. I mean the locals are great. The
food is awesome. So I definitely will be coming back," said Candis
Williams, visiting from Memphis.
"It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Everything was great," said Meagan Thomas, a Memphis resident.
carnival season approaching its peak, it's just another reason for
tourists to come. Caldwell says when they do, the airport will be ready.
time of year we typically have pretty full flights. Between our normal
business travel, leisure travel and the Mardi Gras-related business. So
we're going to have a good month," said Caldwell.