Today, the first direct flight from New Orleans to London takes off out of the Louis Armstrong Airport. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser will be aboard the British Airways flight and says this is an exciting day for all travelers in the state. He says now that this direct flight is available, it opens up the doors for international tourism to Louisiana.

“The international visitor stays longer, spends more money. So it’ll give us the opportunity to get those people all around Louisiana and see all the great treasures we have here in Louisiana.”

Governor John Bel Edwards and other state officials will also be on the flight. Nungesser says the introduction of this direct fight allows for more business endeavors to come to the Bayou State.

“When you’re looking to do business somewhere, you want to get on one plane and get off and go to the office and go see your customer. I think this direct flight is going to open a whole other opportunity.”

A ticket to London from New Orleans cost $900 round trip. Nungesser says it’s easy getting international travelers to visit New Orleans, but the struggle will be attracting them to other locations around the state.

“So we hope to do that by marketing tours back and forth. Bringing tourism officials from all of the convention bureaus around the state, they sell Louisiana the best.”