Louis Armstrong international again

New Orleans is set to regain its first international air connection since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, with Aeromexico's planned July 6 launch of nonstop flights between the Big Easy's Louis Armstrong Airport and Mexico City.

The airline will fly the route daily except Sundays using 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets, with onward connecting service from Mexico City to Pedro Sula, Honduras.

"Our decision is a statement about the distinctive service we plan to bring to [New Orleans]," said Frank Galan, vice president, U.S. division for Aeromexico. "It also is an expression of our confidence in New Orleans and the tremendous progress ... made since Hurricane Katrina."

Speaking at the same event, Mayor Ray Nagin called the planned inauguration of the new service "a major accomplishment."

The regional economic alliance Greater New Orleans Inc., the city government of New Orleans and several other public and private entities in Louisiana worked with Aeromexico to finalize the deal, according to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Louis Armstrong Airport Director of Aviation Sean Hunter said that "this return has the potential to reintroduce New Orleans as a partner in commerce to the Latin American nations." See www.flymsy.com and www.aeromexico.com.

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