New Orleans International Airport may soon bear the name of the city's most famous native son, jazz legend Louis Armstrong. The new name -- Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport -- could b
New Orleans International Airport may soon bear the name of the city's most famous native son, jazz legend Louis Armstrong. The new name -- Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport -- could be in place in time for the late trumpeter's 100th birthday on Aug. 4, Mayor Marc Morial said this week.
A number of jazz musicians, educators, and historians have recommended renaming the airport as a fitting celebration of Satchmo's centennial, the mayor said. To that end, Morial has asked the New Orleans City Council to pass an ordinance making the proposed name official. He also asked the Aviation Board to pass a similar resolution.
"The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will celebrate the achievements of one of the undisputed greatest cultural ambassadors of the 20th century," the mayor said in a letter to the Aviation Board's chairman. "Louis Armstrong's name is synonymous with New Orleans, and his very name attracts visitors to our city."
The airport is located in suburban Kenner, La., but is owned by New Orleans.
News of the airport renaming comes as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival begins its finale weekend. The annual marathon music event this year has honored Armstrong, and included a film tribute to him held earlier this week. The festival will end Sunday (May 6).
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