Early Mardi Gras drives up fliers

KENNER, La. (AP) - The early Mardi Gras season drove up February passenger traffic at Louisiana's largest airport.

New Orleans CityBusiness says the number of passengers using Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport was up 10.4 percent from February 2011.

For the first two months of the year, the passenger count is up 6.6 percent to 1.34 million from 1.26 million a year ago.

The airport had 682,055 passengers in February compared with 617,673 in February 2011. The number of passengers leaving the airport rose to 336,406 from 303,311 a year ago. The number of passengers arriving at the airport rose to 340,981 from 308,287.

Southwest Airlines Co. carried the most passengers in February with about 32 percent.

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