New Orleans is a city with a rich and distinctive history. It's the home of the French and Spanish Creole and Cajun cultures, known for their distinctive contributions to cuisine, music and architectures. The city is perhaps most known for the many festivals that take place throughout the year, most notably the Mardi Gras festival occurring in the late winter or early spring.
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Best time to book a flight to New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport
The climate in New Orleans is rainy and on the warm side. Summer can get quite hot, with temperatures regularly averaging 90-plus degrees Fahrenheit. This season is also the wettest, and the most precipitation occurs in June. Winters are mild; visitors can expect temperatures to average in the mid-60s. Spring and autumn are the driest seasons and are generally great times for those interested in touring the city. The month with the least precipitation is October, which also sees many exciting outdoor festivals.
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Airlines that fly to New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport
There are direct flights to New Orleans from most large and many smaller cities in the United States. The airlines with the most regular flights to New Orleans are:
- Southwest Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- Allegiant Air
What to expect when arriving at New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport
You can travel into downtown New Orleans by way of the E-2 Airport-Downtown Express bus. The bus stop is located on the second level of the airport, right outside Entrance 7. Most area hotels also run shuttles to and from the airport. Alternatively, head to the lower level to grab a taxi, or to the nearby Consolidated Rental Car Facility to rent a car. The 15-mile route takes 50 minutes by bus, but only 25 minutes by car or taxi.
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Facilities at New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport
The airport is split into an East Terminal and West Terminal connected by a ticketing alley. You'll be right at home with plenty of seating and mobile charging outlets available. You may even catch a live music performance as you pass through the airport.
What to see and do in New Orleans
If you are lucky enough to be in the city around the month of February, you'll be able to experience the sensory pleasures of Mardi Gras, one of the most elaborate festivals in the United States. This two-week long event features parades and balls nearly every day, drawing many thousands of visitors who pack the streets to celebrate. Other must-see sights include the active Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, known for its lively bar scene; the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in late April and early May; and the Satchmo Summerfest in early August, dedicated to jazz great Louis Armstrong.
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