Travelers from mid-southern cities that want to visit New Orleans typically hop on a connecting flight, despite the short distance to their destination. But come November, Glo Airlines, a new startup air service will provide non-stop flights from New Orleans to Memphis, Little Rock and Shreveport, Louisiana.
The New Orleans-based public charter operator will offer round-trip service out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV), Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) and Memphis International Airport (MEM). Glo’s website states that flights to Little Rock will begin Nov. 15, while flights to Memphis and Shreveport will start Dec. 14.
Each route will have two daily round-trip flights on weekdays and one on weekends. Currently on offer is promotional fare from $189. Passengers who want to connect to other destinations will have to purchase tickets from another carrier.
Founder and CEO Trey Fayard says the new routes will fulfill business and leisure travel needs in the underserved region. “GLO was born out of the recognition that travel options in the South are incredibly limited by existing air carriers. Too often, both business and leisure travelers are forced into multi-stop flights or overreliance on road travel, often resulting in wasted time and productivity.” he said.
The new routes are expected to bring additional tourism dollars and more opportunities in the mid-south region. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans said in a statement, “Glo’s announcement is evident of the opportunities that abound within our great city. This New Orleans-based operation is creating more job opportunities and better connectivity within our region that will further benefit our community.”
Glo Airlines will operate on a fleet of three 30-passenger Saab 340B aircrafts. The small aircrafts will allow passengers to check-in up to three bags at no additional cost.