Heavy Air Traffic Expected in Baton Rouge

Jan 17, 2013

Baton Rouge tourism and airport officials are preparing for a large influx of traffic through the city because of the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Feb. 3.

Some of the heaviest traffic will come through Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, where officials and businesses are expecting as many as 250 additional planes that will need to be parked during the event.

Ralph Hennessy, the assistant director of aviation at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, tells The Advocate the additional traffic through the airport would be "spillover" from New Orleans.

When New Orleans runs out of space to house aircraft, Hennessy say some of them will be diverted to Baton Rouge and other airports in the region, such as New Orleans Lakefront, Houma, Slidell and Hammond.