‘The Big Easy’ will soon be easier to reach than ever before with British Airways’ new route to New Orleans. The airline has announced that it will launch a four times a week service from Heathrow to New Orleans from March 26, 2017 and become the only airline flying direct between Europe and the Louisiana city.

The route will be operated by a three-class Boeing 787-8, with return fares in World Traveller starting from £599, £899 in World Traveller Plus and £1749 in Club World.

Sean Doyle, Director of Networks and Alliances, said “We are really excited to be adding New Orleans to British Airways’ extensive global network. It’s a city that boasts an iconic music and arts scene and plays host to more than 130 festivals a year, including the world famous Mardi Gras.
“Holidaymakers can enjoy the jazz and blues music trails, visit the historic sugarcane plantations, cruise down the Mississippi River or relax on the unspoilt Gulf Shores and Orange Beaches which are just a short drive away. More than 80,000 visitors head to Louisiana and New Orleans every year and we are confident this route will be a big hit with British tourists as well as business travellers.”