The airline has brought nonstop discount flights to Louisville. | Courtesy of Allegiant Air

This coming February, Allegiant Air will begin a new seasonal service south to the land of beignets, jazz and Mardi Gras.

Louisville International Airport announced early Tuesday morning that the discount airline is adding a new nonstop seasonal route from Louisville to New Orleans.

“The addition of New Orleans marks Allegiant’s 10th destination from Louisville International Airport,” Dan Mann, executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, said in a news release. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome this route connecting the bourbon capital of the world to Bourbon Street.”

The route will essentially run Mardi Gras through the Kentucky Derby, with the first flight on Thursday, Feb. 28 and the last of the season on Sunday, May 5. A 180-seat Airbus A320 will take off and depart on Sundays and Thursdays.

“We’re thrilled to see Allegiant adding New Orleans to our growing list of nonstop flights,” Mayor Greg Fischer said in the release. “This is just another indication of our city’s momentum.”

Allegiant also offers flights from Louisville to Orlando, Fla.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Punta Gorda, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and Las Vegas — some year-round and others seasonal. The airline seems to have discontinued its route to Phoenix as it is no longer listed on its website.

The news of the new route comes on the heels of a major daily route announcement by traditional airline American Airlines. For as low as $174, people can fly from Louisville to Los Angeles on American Airlines starting in early April.

Attracting a Los Angeles flight was a high priority for business travelers, the airport and local leaders, whereas the route to New Orleans will cater to leisure travelers looking to visit The Big Easy on a budget. It also could provide an connection for people going on cruises leaving from New Orleans.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]