A New Orleans outfit revealed plans Tuesday for the nation’s latest start-up carrier. GLO will launch this November, connecting New Orleans to three cities in the USA’s “Mid-South” region.
GLO will fly nonstop from New Orleans to Memphis, Little Rock and Shreveport, La., with 30-seat Saab 340B turbo props. The airline will offer two daily round-trip flights on weekdays and one on weekends for each of the three routes.
“Additional Gulf and Mid-South destinations planned for the future,” GLO promised on its website.
The New Orleans-based company hopes to appeal to customers who need to travel between cities within the nation’s Gulf Coast and “Mid-South” region.
Memphis and New Orleans, for example, are two of the region’s biggest cities. But travelers going between the cities must either make an 800-mile round-trip drive or take a connecting flight via a hub like Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth or Houston.
“These cities right now are basically not reachable, for – say – a day trip,” New Orleans lawyer and GLO founder Trey Fayard says to WDSU TV of New Orleans. “All of our services will allow you to go to these cities and back in the same day– conduct your business, see your family, whatever you like to do … and be back in time for dinner. So that was our motivation for what we’re doing with GLO.
“The need to drive results in an enormous waste of valuable time and loss of productivity driving to destinations that should have air service,” GLO adds via its website.
Fares will start at $163 each way. GLO will allow each ticketed passenger to bring up to three bags and one personal item at no extra charge. GLO’s public charter flights will be operated by Corporate Flight Management, a Tennessee-based charter outfit.
Flights to Little Rock will launch Nov. 15 while flights to Shreveport and Memphis begin Nov. 29, according to GLO’s website.
GLO’s upcoming nonstops to New Orleans are being received enthusiastically in the three other cities. In Shreveport, the flights will give the city its first nonstop link to New Orleans since 2004.
“Of all the requests for different routes we get, New Orleans is always up there near the top,” Mark Crawford, Shreveport Regional Airport Authority spokesman, says to The Timesof Shreveport.
Crawford anticipated most traveling on the service will be corporate travelers, saying: “We get a lot lawyers, medical professionals and others who travel down south often so we expect to see this used more in the business community.”
Still, Crawford adds there may be a market for leisure traffic, too. He cited north Louisiana residents traveling to New Orleans for sporting events in or near the city