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New Orleans Lakefront Airport adds nonstop flights to Memphis, Tenn and Florida Panhandle

NEW ORLEANS – Southern Airways is bringing back nonstop flights between New Orleans’ smaller airport and both Memphis, Tennessee, and Destin, Florida.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports (http://bit.ly/1JK3izZ ) that officials at Lakefront Airport hope this is a sign that business may be on the way back to what it was before Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Lakefront’s chief operating officer, Cornelia Ullmann, says the U.S. Customs is building out a wing so international passengers can fly in on private and corporate jets. She says it’s expected to open by October.

She says that if the airport can get 200 flights a day, increased federal funding would allow planes with up to 36 passengers — and basketball teams could fly into Lakefront again.

Southern Airways says its routes will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Information from: New Orleans CityBusiness, http://www.neworleanscitybusiness.com