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Travel time from New Orleans to Chattanooga



New Orleans to Chattanooga airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from New Orleans to Chattanooga? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Chattanooga, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.


Tuesday, 12:02 pm:  start in New Orleans
drive for about 33 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:30 pm at the latest

12:35 pm:  Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 2:00 pm

1:05 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

2:05 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

2:35 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

2:50 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 4 minutes

3:04 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:19 pm:  wheels up! take-off from MSY
fly for about 1 hour in the air

5:21 pm (local time):  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is 1 hour ahead of New Orleans, LA
so the time in New Orleans is actually 4:21 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

5:28 pm (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

6:00 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 32 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

6:15 pm (local time):  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:25 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 8 minutes

6:33 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:48 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from ATL
fly for about 24 minutes in the air

7:12 pm (local time):  Lovell Field (CHA)
Chattanooga is 1 hour ahead of New Orleans
so the time in New Orleans is actually 6:12 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

7:16 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at CHA
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 18 minutes to your destination

7:34 pm (local time):  arrive in Chattanooga

Total travel time: 7 hours




Flying non-stop from New Orleans to Chattanooga

How far is Chattanooga from New Orleans? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 448 miles or 720 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 6 hours, 32 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 6.5x faster, and saves you about 5.5 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.



Best day of the week to fly to Chattanooga

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from MSY to ATL, and connecting flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from ATL to CHA, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Tuesday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from New Orleans to Chattanooga

The most common route is MSY to ATL, then connecting to CHA, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. MSY to ATL to CHA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Lovell Field
  2. MSY to DFW to CHA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Lovell Field
  3. MSY to ORD to CHA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Chicago O'Hare International to Lovell Field
  4. MSY to DTW to CHA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Lovell Field
  5. MSY to EWR to CHA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Newark Liberty International to Lovell Field




Airlines that fly to Chattanooga

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and ExpressJet Airlines Inc. for your connecting flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  2. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  3. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  4. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)
  5. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  6. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)




Plan a trip to Chattanooga

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Chattanooga. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Chattanooga like Ruby Falls. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Chattanooga like Activities in Chattanooga for families with active kids . Click the button below to explore Chattanooga in detail.






What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Chattanooga to New Orleans, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a New Orleans to Chattanooga road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from New Orleans to Chattanooga?

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 448 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 24 minutes
Chattanooga is 1 hour ahead of New Orleans
190 New Orleans travel answers
23 Chattanooga travel answers

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Chattanooga Airports
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