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Posted: Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:58PM

New Orleans officials unveil look of new airport terminal

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and aviation officials today unveiled a concept for the new terminal at Armstrong International Airport. Officials hope to finish the 650,000 square-foot, 30-gate facility by 2018.

"You are going to see an $826 million project," Landrieu told the attendees of today's announcement. "It will provide over 13,000 construction jobs."

Officials say the project cleared a procedural milestone late last month, when the Federal Aviation Administration issued a " Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the Environmental Assessment" on December 30.

The new terminal would be on the north side of the airport property, across the east-west runway from the current terminal. Part of the project includes building new access lanes to and from I-10. It will direct drivers to separate lanes for arrivals and departures.

Inside the building, officials say the design will allow passengers to move efficiently through security and flow seamlessly between concourses. The number of restrooms would triple, and a "state-of-the-art" hotel would be connected to the facility.

The $826 million will come from federal and state funds and the aviation board's capital budget.

Watch a virtual tour of the proposed facility:

Click here to see more renderings on the mayor's Facebook page.

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