Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is getting three new non-stop flights to Branson, Mo., Cincinnati, Ohio, and Cancun, Mexico.
Starting May 6, Branson AirExpress, operated by Orange Air, will offer flights from New Orleans to the above cities on a 150 seat MD-83 jet aircraft, airport officials announced Wednesday morning.
Discount flights to Branson, Cincinnati and Cancun can be purchased now through FlyBranson.com or BransonAirExpress.com. Flights to the first two cities start at an "introductory fare" of $99, and flights to Cancun start at $199.
Iftikhar Ahmad, director of aviation for the airport, said the announcement brings the number of non-stop destinations out of New Orleans to 45, a new record for the airport. A total of 13 airlines now operate out of Armstrong.
Recruiting the new airline took years. Ahmed said he first approached Branson AirExpress about flying out of New Orleans in July of 2010.
"We're continually talking to international and domestic airlines, preparing route analyses for them and showing how many customers are available," he said. "It can take a while before they come around."