First Flight: Passengers arrive at New Orleans Lakefront Airport via Southern Airways Express, leading the return of commercial air service.
June 28, 2013 by Staff Writer/Photographer NewOrleansEast.com

Drago's Restaurant owner, Tommy Cvitanovich, greets his daughter Maddie on her return home from Destin, FL via Southern Airways Express' inaugural flight.


Pilot, Captain Scott Honnoll says that at typical altitudes between 7,000 to 10,000 ft, the spacious cabin and large windows offer spectacular views.

Memphis-NOLA tickets are already bookable on www.iFlySouthern.com  Memphis to/from New Orleans flights will begin on July 8!

Commercial flights now available out of New Orleans Lake Front Airport
On time, and as promised, commercial air service slipped quietly and officially back into economic reality at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport on Friday, June 28, 2013.  With the10:05 a.m. touchdown of the 9-passenger Cessna Caravan from Destin, Florida, Southern Airways Express made its mark, establishing the first commercial airline service at the lakefront facility, reportedly since 1946. Though this inaugural roundtrip flight launches the Destin-New Orleans service, the company begins routine flights on July 2nd to regional destinations including Gulf Shores, AL, Destin, FL, Panama City, FL, Jackson, MS and Memphis, TN, and others per demand.

Low fares (ticket prices from $129 - $249 each way), quick and convenient boarding, and in-demand destinations should produce a winning formula - at least that is the hope of Stan Little - the 41-year old founder and Chief Executive Officer of the new airline.  A fleet of new fuel efficient aircraft should match up perfectly with the demand for efficient business and leisure travel.

Currently, Flightline First is the host terminal for Southern Airways Express, however, CEO, Stan Little, expressed his deepest hopes for one day operating out of the newly reconstructed main terminal building which is expected to open in the fall of 2013.  Flightline First is the only locally-owned fixed-based operator servicing the charter aviation industry, and is one of three new FBO's that have established services at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. Flightline's General Manager, Brayton Matthews, obviously likes the partnership, but acknowledges the key is making enough people aware of the service.

It will certainly be hard to beat the convenience.  Passengers can park free, arrive 15 to 20 minutes before flight time and be welcomed with a leisurely boarding experience. - that's in stark contrast to today's typical travel adventure.

The New Orleans Lakefront Airport is located in New Orleans East adjacent to the beautiful South Shore Harbor Marina making it just one more wonderful addition to this great community - rebuilding bigger, better.

For flight information visit: www.iFlySouthern.com





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