Flying Friendlier Skies
New Orleans on a roll with air travel
This fall, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has announced not one, but two new international non-stop flights, as well as new domestic flights. These major wins for business travel and tourism make access to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast more accessible, and position us to gain even more air service in the future.
The most recent announcement comes from Choice Aire, which is starting year-round non-stop flights to San Pedro Sula, Honduras on Dec. 17. Travelers can depart from New Orleans or Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedro Sula on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the approximately three-hour flight.
Round-trip fares on Choice Aire’s 150-seat Boeing 737-400 start at $499. The fare includes one carry-on bag and one checked bag, as well as an in-flight snack and beverage.
"This is another significant announcement for our airport and citizens,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a press release. "This flight will improve connection and synergy between businesses in both New Orleans and Latin America and be another positive advancement for our communities.”
"This new route is another testament to our city and the prospering international destination that it is,” said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Teamer, in the same release. "We are delighted to welcome Choice Aire’s operations from Honduras to New Orleans.”
A week before the service to Honduras made headlines, British Airways issued a release with details about year-round non-stop flights to London Heathrow beginning March 27, 2017. The new international flight will operate four times per week on a 214-seat Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner. Round-trip fares in the spring can be had for approximately $950, which includes one checked bag and in-flight meals.
"We are delighted to be adding New Orleans to the British Airways global network,” said Simon Brooks, British Airways senior vice president, in the release. “It’s such a vibrant city and like London, it boasts an iconic music and arts scene. I’m sure it will be a big hit with British visitors. We are also pleased to be connecting our two cities as developing technology hubs and look forward to increased business opportunities as a result of the new service.”
This new service marks the first direct flight from New Orleans to Europe since 1982.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in the release, “Reconnecting New Orleans and London with nonstop flights makes perfect business and tourism sense for our state. More travelers come to the U.S. from the U.K. than any other nation outside the Americas, and New Orleans experienced the biggest growth rate in overseas visitors of any U.S. city last year.”
With JetBlue now operating daily non-stop service to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, GLO adding Huntsville, Alabama to make five cities serviced, and the seasonal non-stop service on Condor to Frankfurt, Germany starting in May 2017, New Orleans is truly on a roll when it comes to expanding air services for travelers.
As the construction on the North Terminal at Louis Armstrong Airport is underway and the city’s Tricentennial is around the corner, we are poised for even more growth in the near future.