For one startup Gulf Coast airline, it’s time to let the good times fly.
The three month-old New Orleans-owned public charter airline GLO will launch its first flights ever between Fort Walton Beach, New Orleans and Little Rock, starting March 25.
GLO’s flights will introduce non-stop service from/to Destin-Fort Walton Beach and New Orleans and Little Rock on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The service will run through Monday, September 5, 2016 beginning with one-way, introductory “GLOForIt” $119 fares for the New Orleans route and $149 fares for the Little Rock route.
“Since day one, we always knew we wanted to expand our service to continue restoring non-stop flights to cities in our region that had historically been connected,” said Trey Fayard, GLO’s Founder and CEO.
GLO will be Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport’s fifth air carrier and increases the amount of destinations to nine. GLO’s new air service will have a nearly $1 million economic impact to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach region, according to a report from the VPS airport.
“We welcome GLO to Florida’s Emerald Coast and are thrilled to build a partnership at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport,” said Tracy Stage, Interim Airports Director for Okaloosa County. “The team has worked with GLO for a few years and are at the right place at the right time for GLO’s model.”
“Direct service to/from New Orleans (MSY) and Little Rock (LIT) adds to our portfolio of options to our communities, and a quick, easy flight for families in New Orleans and Little Rock who want to come to paradise in Okaloosa County,” Stage said.
The new air service increases Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport’s number of destinations to 53 and Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport’s destinations to 14.
“We are very pleased to see GLO expanding service from New Orleans to the beautiful beaches of Destin-Ft. Walton Beach,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. “With today’s announcement, we now have 53 non-stop destinations from Armstrong International.”
The announcement by GLO comes on the heels of a failed effort by regional airline Silver Airways to begin non-stop service between New Orleans to Pensacola International Airport last year. After accepting initial bookings for the Gulf Coast air service, Silver later cancelled the route due to undisclosed reasons.
On-board service provided by a flight attendant will include complimentary snacks and beverages from the regions GLO services, as well as local publications. GLO passengers also may transport up to three bags and one personal item free of charge.
The airline will fly Saab 340B Plus turbo prop planes on the routes with a capacity of 30 passengers.
Tickets for the new service are on sale now and can be purchased atwww.flyglo.com.
GLO’s flight schedule for the new Gulf Coast service is as follows: