Flights to New Orleans
Like a good roux, New Orleans is rich and flavorful. Not just for its incredible food, which melds French, Creole, American, African, Caribbean and other regional flavors. But also for the New Orleans culture, the result of two centuries of simmering, with French, Native American, African, Spanish, Caribbean and even Mediterranean influences intermingling to create a beautiful, sometimes gritty, colorful city.
There’s only one way to experience New Orleans, fly to MSY, dive right in and savor it for yourself. Run your hands down the iron railings of the French Quarter, enjoy a tray of plump oysters under dim fluorescent lights, see neighborhoods rebuilt post-Katrina, feel the cobblestone streets under your shoes. Stumble upon artist markets, dance with a pop-up band or parade, then find the perfect café serving coffee with chicory tucked along a more residential street.
The truth is no two trips to NOLA, as it’s called, will look or feel the same. So leave your worries at home and fly to New Orleans, where your senses will lead you to your next adventure. Whether it’s the sumptuous food, interesting people, colorful art or rich multi-cultural history, you’ll discover a city that doesn’t always feel like the U.S. - but in a way, serves as one of America’s great cultural melting pots.
The Louis Armstrong International Airport doesn’t actually sit in New Orleans, it sits 11 miles west of downtown New Orleans and serves around 10 million passengers annually. It’s airport code ‘MSY’ stands for the airport’s original name, Moisant Stock Yards. Due to recent growth, the New Orleans airport plans to add an additional terminal with more international routes in 2018.
Today, the airport offers four concourses in two terminals, East and West. It offers four concourses A, B, C and D - with C serving as the primary concourse for international flights. MRY’s only airport lounge is the Delta Sky Club located on concourse D, close to the Delta gates also located in concourse D.
- Airport Shuttle offers a shuttle service to many destinations in New Orleans and the French Quarter for $20/person one-way and $38/person round-trip
- If you prefer a taxi, hail a cab in the ground transportation area at the front of the app
- Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft also serve the New Orleans airport for a minimum fee of $33
- For a rental car, visit the Consolidated Rental Car Center across the covered walkway near the West Terminal Baggage Claims (12-14)
New Orleans only gets better the longer you stay. The music sounds soulful. The architecture is unique and centuries old. With more personality in a single block than most cities can assemble within their entire city limits, you’ll find more to see and explore. From the white-linen wearing Garden District residents to old-school French Quarter natives, you’ll find New Orleans share a passion for interesting storytellers, chance-takers and loyal spirits.
Start your stay exploring the French Quarter, with its cocktail culture, unique eateries and general vigor, it’s a visual feast. With so much to see, take time to wander, grab a Sazerac (whiskey or brandy, bitters, simple syrup, absinthe and lemon twist) and end the night with comfort food at spots like Verti Marte or the iconic Café du Monde.
As you keep exploring, go minutes from the Quarter to the Faubourg Marigny & Bywater neighborhoods — offering some of the city’s best restaurants and Frenchmen Street, a local-preferred alternative to Bourbon Street with some of the best NOLA nightlife. Meander through the city’s Garden District via the St. Charles Streetcar or visit Tremé, a neighborhood and cultural center for African-American and Creole history.
If you thought you’d have a hard time choosing a place to drink in New Orleans, good luck choosing a restaurant. With an incredible variety of cuisines, plus NOLA staples like po-boy shops and oyster houses, you’ll be hard pressed to select a place to dine. To start, enjoy the casual eats at St. Roche market, a St. Claude Avenue eating hall offers a wide array of great bites for a good price. For tapas, you’ll find several options in the city serving small plates in upscale locations and on casual patios. For lunch, stop by any of the city’s butchers or sandwich shops for a muffuletta. For dinner, don’t shy away from the city’s finer fare — just bring a dress or sport coat, since these spots often have a dress code.
ART & CULTURE
Summing up art and culture in New Orleans? It’s impossible, art is as present in the city as the waterway breeze. Do a little research on the neighborhood you’re staying in, because you’re likely to find venues for both performance and visual art. A few key highlights, visit the New Orleans Museum of Art for its French Asian and African collections. To see art at work, watch a live demonstration at the New Orleans Artworks at the New Orleans Glassmaking and Printmaking Studio or visit the Contemporary Art Center. As far as history, don’t miss out on a visit to the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History or the National World War II Museum.
ATTIRE (WHAT TO PACK)
Bring a mixed wardrobe for your time in NOLA, so you’ll always have the right outfit for wherever you explore. In the summer months and into the fall, shorts and short sleeves are a must during the hot days. Pack shoes you can walk in, especially in the city’s cobbled streets. Bring sun protection too, like a hat and sunglasses. In the evening, dressy casual clothes might serve you well if you’re stopping in to a nicer restaurant. If you’re in town for any of the city’s celebrations like Mardis Gras, Halloween and JazzFest, dress to party — just like the city’s residents.
New Orleans boasts hotels and properties as unique as the city itself. You’ll find many popular hotel chains in the Downtown & Warehouse District, which sits only a few blocks away from the French Quarter and many of the city’s attractions. Downtown serves as the city’s central business district, so staying downtown offers business travels a good location for work and fun. Downtown favorites include the Windsor Court Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton and The Roosevelt New Orleans. For historic or boutique stays, like Hotel Monteleone, French Market Inn and Dauphine Orleans Hotel. Don’t shy away from Airbnb stays either, this Delta partner offers unique stays from local hosts throughout the city.
New Orleans tends to offer mild winters and hot summers, with a breeze off the Mississippi River throughout the year. Bring your raincoat and an umbrella though, because New Orleans does experience showers throughout. Shoot to visit in the spring or fall, when it’s warm enough for short-sleeves but not yet sweltering.