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Travel time from New Orleans to Omaha


New Orleans to Omaha airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from New Orleans to Omaha? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Omaha, 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.


Thursday, 12:26 pm:  start in New Orleans
drive for about 34 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:55 pm at the latest

1:00 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 2:25 pm

1:30 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

2:30 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

3:00 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

3:15 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:25 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 20 minutes

3:45 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:01 pm:  wheels up! take-off from MSY
fly for about 60 minutes in the air

6:01 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 5:01 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

6:09 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

6:37 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 28 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

6:52 pm (local time):  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:02 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:17 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from STL
fly for about 2 hours in the air

8:24 pm (local time):  Eppley Airfield (OMA)
Omaha is 1 hour behind Atlanta, GA
and the same time as New Orleans
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

8:28 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at OMA
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 11 minutes to your destination

8:39 pm (local time):  arrive in Omaha

Total travel time: 8 hours

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Flying non-stop from New Orleans to Omaha

How far is Omaha 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: 846 miles or 1361 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 11 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 8 hours, 13 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 4.1x faster, and saves you about 6 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. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking 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.


Omaha Airports
  1. Eppley Airfield


Best day of the week to fly to Omaha

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from MSY to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to OMA, 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 Thursday for the flight itinerary above.



Alternate flights from New Orleans to Omaha

The most common route is MSY to ATL, then connecting to OMA, 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 OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Eppley Airfield
  2. MSY to DEN to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Denver International to Eppley Airfield
  3. MSY to IAH to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Eppley Airfield
  4. MSY to DFW to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Eppley Airfield
  5. MSY to HOU to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to William P Hobby to Eppley Airfield
  6. MSY to DAL to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Dallas Love Field to Eppley Airfield
  7. MSY to ORD to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Chicago O'Hare International to Eppley Airfield
  8. MSY to LAX to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Los Angeles International to Eppley Airfield
  9. MSY to MDW to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Chicago Midway International to Eppley Airfield
  10. MSY to PHX to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Eppley Airfield
  11. MSY to MSP to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Eppley Airfield
  12. MSY to LAS to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to McCarran International to Eppley Airfield
  13. MSY to DTW to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Eppley Airfield
  14. MSY to STL to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Lambert-St. Louis International to Eppley Airfield
  15. MSY to MCO to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Orlando International to Eppley Airfield
  16. MSY to EWR to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Newark Liberty International to Eppley Airfield
  17. MSY to DCA to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Ronald Reagan Washington National to Eppley Airfield
  18. MSY to LGA to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to LaGuardia to Eppley Airfield
  19. MSY to SLC to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Salt Lake City International to Eppley Airfield
  20. MSY to SEA to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Seattle/Tacoma International to Eppley Airfield
  21. MSY to SFO to OMA
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to San Francisco International to Eppley Airfield


Airlines that fly to Omaha

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and Delta Air Lines 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)


Plan a trip to Omaha

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Omaha, Nebraska. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Omaha. A great place to eat might be M's Pub. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Omaha like Henry Doorly Zoo. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Omaha like Best free things to do in Omaha? Click the button below to explore Omaha 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 Omaha 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 Omaha road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from New Orleans to Omaha?

If you happen to know New Orleans, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about New Orleans!






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 846 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 11 minutes
203 New Orleans travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers










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