When the airport closes for renovation, travelers must check in before flying

UPDATE (3:00 p.m.

ET): As the city of New Orleans prepares to reopen its airport, some travelers will have to wait in a long line for their flight.

The Louisiana Department of Aviation said Thursday that flights to and from New Orleans International Airport will be delayed while the agency works on its renovation plan.

The airport has reopened and it is open to public, airport spokesman Jason McFarland told CNN.

It is closed to the public, so travelers will need to check in and get off the plane.

The runway is expected to be fully operational by early February, he said.

The airport’s capacity is more than 1,000 aircraft, and McFaravale said that in the past three weeks, there have been more than 800,000 passengers and 1.3 million people at the airport.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement that New Orleans is a “big city and the airport is one of the most congested in the country.”

The city’s tourism industry is important to the city, Rawlings.

It’s a huge draw to our city and it’s an important part of the city’s economy, she said.