International Flights Return to New Orleans

International Flights Return to New Orleans
July 7, 2009

NEW ORLEANS -- Regularly scheduled international flights out of New Orleans resumed Tuesday.

AeroMexico has launched non-stop service from Armstrong International Airport, with continuing service to San Pedro Sula in Honduras.

"I go to Honduras every year and I'm very excited because now I can go straight to Honduras," says passenger Mirta Espinal. "Before I had to go to New York, Atlanta or Miami because we didn't have international flights."

The flights are the first regularly scheduled international air routes involving New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

The 50-seat plane left New Orleans at about 6:20 a.m. Tuesday morning. Mayor C. Ray Nagin was one of the flight's first passengers to be on board.

The flights will leave daily except Saturday, arriving at 9:10 a.m. in Mexico City. The flight will then connect through to San Pedro Sula, arriving in that city at 11:55 a.m.

A return flight will leave San Pedro at 12:45 p.m. each day except Saturday, arriving in Mexico City at 4:10 p.m. That flight will connect through to New Orleans with a 10:30 p.m. arrival.

The San Pedro Sula connection is of particular interest to thousands of New Orleans residents who are of Honduran descent. The city has one of the largest concentrations of Hondurans in the United States.
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