NEW ORLEANS -- Things are really taking off at Armstrong International Airport.
Thursday morning, local civic and business leaders announced new, non-stop flights to and from London, England.
Beginning on March 27, 2017, just in time for the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, British Airways is expected fly four flights a week from Armstrong to Heathrow Airport in London.
Flights would leave London at 3 p.m. and arrive in New Orleans at 7:30 p.m.
Outbound flights would leave New Orleans at 9:40 p.m. and arrive in London at around noon the next day.
British Airways is expected to use one of its new 214 passenger Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the New Orleans flights.
New Orleans businessman Greg Rusovich and GNO, Inc President and CEO Michael Hecht were members of a delegation that made several trips to England to help land British Airways.
Rusovich said it is estimated the four weekly flights to London could generate between 1500 and 2000 jobs in the local hospitality industry.
He also said international travelers would boost the New Orleans cruise ship industry.
The news comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this year that Condor Airlines would begin non-stop service from New Orleans to Frankfort, Germany next May.
Copa Airlines is already flying from New Orleans to Panama City, Panama.