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Flying time is 2½ hours from New York, 2¼ hours from Chicago, 1¼ hours from Dallas, and 4½ hours from Los Angeles. Book early for popular weekends such as Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.
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The major gateway to New Orleans is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), 15 miles west of the city in Kenner. There's an airport exit off Interstate 10. Plan for about 30-45 minutes of travel time from downtown New Orleans to the airport (more at rush hour). An alternative route is Airline Drive, which will take you directly to the airport from Tulane Avenue or the Earhart Expressway. Be prepared for stoplights and possible congestion.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (504/464–0831. www.flymsy.com.)
Shuttle-bus service to and from the airport and downtown hotels is available through Airport Shuttle New Orleans, the official ground transportation of Louis Armstrong International Airport. You can purchase shuttle tickets at the Airport Shuttle desk, located across from baggage claim areas 3, 6, and 12. To return to the airport, call 24 hours in advance of flight time. The cost one way is $20 per person, and the trip takes about 40 minutes.
Jefferson Transit also runs a bus between the airport, the CBD, and Mid-City, although it only goes to the CBD on weekdays. The trip costs $2 in exact change ($1.50 from Carrollton and Tulane avenues) and takes about 45 minutes. From the airport, you can catch the E-2 line on the second level near the Delta counter. Departures for the airport are every 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours and every 30 to 35 minutes in the middle of the day from Elks Place and Tulane Avenue across from the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library, and from the corner of Tulane and Carrollton avenues. The last bus leaves at 6:52 from Tulane and Elks Place, 9:49 pm from Tulane and Carrollton.
Airport Shuttle New Orleans (504/522–3500 or 866/596-2699. www.airportshuttleneworleans.com.)
Jefferson Transit (504/818–1077. www.jeffersontransit.org/e2airport.php.)
A cab ride to or from the airport from uptown or downtown costs $33 for up to two passengers. For groups of three or more, the rate is $14 per person. Pickup is on the lower level, outside the baggage-claim area. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage.
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