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Direct flights now from New Orleans to Key West

Monday - 3/11/2013, 10:39am  ET

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- The first direct commercial flight from New Orleans to Key West has arrived.

Water-squirting fire trucks, a red carpet and a man blowing a conch shell greeted passengers stepping off a Southwest Airlines' jet on Saturday at Key West International Airport.

Airport officials say the arrival initiated Southwest's daily nonstop air service between the island and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Scheduled flight times are less than two hours and passengers travel on a Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

Southwest joined other airlines serving Key West last November, when it assumed nonstop Orlando and Tampa Bay routes previously operated by AirTran Airways.


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