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Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to New Orleans (MSY)

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Food and drinks on every flight

Enjoy a meal or snack every time you fly with us, as well as a range of refreshments including beer and wine.

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Baggage included in every fare

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Frequent Flyer program

Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and use Qantas Pointsin Australia and around the world, and earn Status Credits on eligible flights.

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Inflight entertainment

Enjoy a range of entertainment on every flight including TV, the latest movies and more.

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Visiting from Melbourne to New Orleans

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Indulgent, energetic and eye-opening there’s nowhere else in America quite like New Orleans. Let down your hair and dine, drink and dance your way around town. Tuck into delicious crawfish, gumbo or picnic with a po-boy sandwich stuffed with fried oysters, listen to old school brass bands or explore the French Quarter. Don’t' miss the Audubon Zoo, National WWII Museum, NOMA, Besthoff Sculpture Gardens. It's a lively place and the city’s music is its beating heart. Pack your bags and embrace all that's on offer.

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When to visit

New Orleans is a great place to visit year-round. The best time to visit is in spring (March to May) as it's festival season and one of the prettiest times to visit. Temperatures range from 10°C to 21°C. Summer is warm in the south, 21°C to 32°C and a good time to enjoy a kayak or stroll through the gardens. During autumn (September to November) the air is crisp and a favourite season to visit with many events going on. 

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Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).Opens external site in a new window The airport is located in Kenner, Louisiana, 18km west of downtown New Orleans, United States.

Arriving in New Orleans

The staff at New Orleans Airport will greet you when you land and help with your needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.

Getting into New Orleans from New Orleans Airport

Choose from bus, taxis, app-based ride services, airport shuttles or car rental. By bus, take a scheduled bus to Downtown New Orleans from the outer curb outside level 3. The trip times takes approximately 50 minutes or take the Airport Express bus into New Orleans for a more direct route. The Airport Shuttle service operates to hotels and various other locations in New Orleans. Tickets can be purchased at the airport shuttle ticket booth located on Level 1 baggage claim between doors 3 and 4. Taxis are available and it takes around 20 minutes to town, with pick up outside the arrivals curb. Alternatively, you may wish to arrange a ride to your final destination via Uber or Lyft. Ride app services pick up passengers outside of level 1 baggage claim on the middle curb. If you wish to rent a car, there are car hire providers available at the airport with a free shuttle service to take you there.

Getting around New Orleans

New Orleans is easy to navigate with a wide variety of transport options from public transport, streetcars, taxis, bike, ferry, limos or ride share. If you’re staying in the French Quarter, Downtown or in the Arts/Warehouse District, you may never need to hire transport of any kind, you may be able to walk to all of your destinations. Streetcars are a charming and convenient way to experience New Orleans. Four distinct lines, each originating downtown, will take you through the French Quarter and beyond. With many bike lanes and the city being flat, you can explore the city by hiring a bike from one of the shops in town or use the blue bike system. Taxis are available and a good way to get around or you may wish to request a ride through a ride share app, such as Uber or Lyft. Pedicabs are a fun way to get around New Orleans or a take a ferry ride across the Mississippi River.

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Departure information

Fly from Melbourne

Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.  

What is the main airport called? 

Melbourne Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.

Baggage allowance

 Passengers on Qantas flights from Melbourne are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.      

Checking in 

Ensure you check-in online or via the Qantas App before you arrive at the airport from 24 hours before departure.

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Included baggage

Enjoy peace of mind knowing baggage is included on all Qantas flights. Find out all you need to know about checked baggage.

Can I cancel my flight booking due to COVID-19?

If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.

If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight. Visit Booking changes for more information.

If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll contact anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

Important Information

Disclaimer: ^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

Disclaimer: ++ Status Credits are earned on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld® member and oneworld connect® airlines only - see the Airline Earning Tables and Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions for details. Status Credits may not be earned on some fare types and booking classes. 

Disclaimer: +Meals, beverages, entertainment and offerings vary between flights and cabins. Alcohol offered during select flight times on select flights.