Moisant Airport Renamed
July 5, 2001
John Blevans Moisant and his cat, Paree, in 1910
From the Library of Congress
According to the New Orleans
Public Library: On July 5, 2001 the City Council unanimously approved the New Orleans Aviation Board's
proposal to rename the New Orleans International Airport in honor of the great Louis Armstrong. A renaming ceremony at the
airport on August 2, 2001--two days before the trumpeteer's 100th anniversary--will make the Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport a reality. We couldn't resist taking the opportunity to remember Louis Armstrong and the history of
the airport in this month's images gallery.
The airport opened to the public in 1946 as
Moisant International commemorating the life and career of John B. Moisant, a pioneer aviator who died in a plane crash
in the Kenner area. In 1962 its name changed for the first time--to New Orleans International Airport--in order to more
closely identify the facility with the city despite its location in Jefferson Parish. With the new name change the airport
will be immediately recognizable worldwide thanks to the international fame of its namesake. Moisant will still be remembered
with the airport's code letters--MSY (for Moisant Stock Yards).
After much research, I cannot
find any reference to a stock yard named "Moisant" and I believe that its supposed inclusion in the airport code
is a myth. In fact, the land on which the airport was built was a marshy tree-laden swamp.
On a related
note, our airport could not be coded as "NOL" because it was already in use by the Port Nolloth, South Africa airport
and is now the code for the Nakolik River Airport in Alaska. "NEW" was and still is used by the New Orleans Lakefront
(formerly Shushan) Airport.
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