Flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans (MSY)

Trade Tinseltown for the Big Easy and start planning your next getaway to New Orleans with Southwest Airlines®. Find great deals on flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport that make booking a breeze. If your upcoming excursion to New Orleans has flexible dates, use our Low Fare Calendar to find the lowest fares we have available. Looking for packages, deals on flights, hotels, rental cars, and more? Don’t forget to check out Southwest Vacations® before you go.

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Flight details

Average flight time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Departing from: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Arriving at: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)


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Based on DOT published scheduled average flights Monday-Friday between 12/11/2020 and 2/28/2021, as of 12/11/2020.

Explore New Orleans.

New Orleans—also known as Crescent City, the Big Easy, and NOLA—is a multicultural hub on the Mississippi River known for its vibrant history, party spirit, and, last but not least, cuisine. Visitors to New Orleans should take advantage of the city’s year-round warm temperatures and spend plenty of time outside, exploring the city and surrounding natural areas on foot, by streetcar, or by boat. Start your walking tour in the French Quarter with Jackson Square, reveling in the street performances and live music this historic park has to offer. Spend an afternoon wandering through the aptly name Garden District, known for its architecturally significant homes and lush gardens. When your feet need a rest, make your way up uptown on the New Orleans streetcar, which has been in continuous operation since 1835.

Be sure to squeeze in some culture with a visit to one of New Orleans’s diverse museums. Visitors can marvel at Louis Armstrong’s first cornet at the Jazz Museum, take in over 40,000 pieces of art at the New Orleans Museum of Art, or learn about the area’s natural history at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park’s Barataria Preserve. Nature lovers will also enjoy exploring the 350-acre Audubon Park, located across the street from Tulane University and home to the Audubon Zoo.

Even more impressive than New Orleans’s cultural institutions? Its culinary institutions! With Creole, Cajun, and soul food influences, the cuisine of New Orleans is singular. One iconic dish every visitor should try is the po’ boy, a sandwich on a French baguette filled with meat and seafood options like fried shrimp, fried oysters, or roast beef. Another popular dish, and the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana, is gumbo. The word “gumbo” is derived from the Bantu word for “okra,” one of this flavorful, thick stew’s many ingredients, along with bell peppers, onions, celery, chicken, shellfish, and sausage. Meat lovers will be excited to try boudin, a sausage made from liver and heart meat mixed with rice and then braised, simmered, or fried. Finish off the meal with a sweet beignet (or three) and a steaming mug of chicory coffee!

Travel tips


Infancy policy

One child over 14 days and under two (2) years of age, not occupying a seat, may be carried free of charge when traveling with an adult (12 years of age or older). Learn more.


Pet policy

Customers flying with a pet are subject to a pet fare. To learn more about traveling with your furry friend, explore the Southwest® pet policy.


Unaccompanied minor

Minors under the age of 18 are not permitted to fly unaccompanied on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight. Learn more.


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Start packing! Every ticketed Customer’s first two checked bags are free. Learn more.


The Southwest® travel experience

Making your trip from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans one to remember is built on more than finding cheap flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, which is why Southwest offers perks and services to make your travel experience as smooth as possible. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience before booking your Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans getaway.

Flying with Southwest is always simple and fun, no matter which of our many destinations you’re visiting. Book your next flight to New Orleans with confidence, knowing that you won’t be hassled by hidden fees—Southwest offers low fares and, as always, bags fly free. That’s our Transfarency® promise. Want to stay in the know about our latest flight deals? Enroll in our Click 'N Save® emails. For more information on tours, activities, and more hidden gems, check out Southwest Airlines® Experiences and earn Rapid Rewards® points when you fly.

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Questions we hear the most

How long is the flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans?

The average flight time from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans is 3 hours 40 minutes.

How many Southwest flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans occur daily?

There are 7 flights daily from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans on Southwest Airlines.

Does Southwest fly nonstop from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans?

Southwest flies nonstop from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans once daily.

What day is it cheapest to fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans?

To find the cheapest day and time to fly Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans with Southwest, check out our Low Fare Calendar.

Can I rent a car at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport?

You can rent a car at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport—book yours with your flight.

Can I change my flight reservation for my flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans?

Yes! Flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans—or from here or there to anywhere—can be changed with no change fees. Fare difference may apply.

Where can I find the status of my flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans?

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Where can I find answers to other questions about flying from Los Angeles (LAX) to New Orleans with Southwest?

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