The cheapest times to fly from IST to MSY are

  • January 8th to March 25th
  • April 9th to May 13th (except the week of April 30th)
  • June 4th to June 24th
  • September 10th to October 7th (except the week of September 24th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from IST to MSY is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $1292 for Sunday flights during early August, or as low as $517 for Wednesday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to New Orleans

Flying from Istanbul (IST) to New Orleans, LA (MSY) will usually cost between $540 to $1083 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $541. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1180. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $639 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $700 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IST to MSY flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the IST to MSY route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

IST to MSY Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IST to MSY flight is cheaper than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Istanbul. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $113 (9%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $707. Return trip prices are from the MSY to IST flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from IST to MSY can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 12 hour 6 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking IST to MSY

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from IST to MSY — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Amsterdam (IST > AMS > MSY)

  • Price for both tickets: $692
  • Average savings: $8 (1.14%)

See IST to MIA flights

Hack #2: Miami, FL (IST > MIA > MSY)

  • Price for both tickets: $694
  • Average savings: $6 (0.86%)

See IST to AMS flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from IST to MSY? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 16 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, American, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Ataturk Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6177 miles or 9941 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from IST to MSY?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IST to MSY flight is about 12 hour 6 minutes.

How many flights go between Istanbul and New Orleans, LA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 10 available flights from IST to MSY.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code IST
Origination airport name Ataturk Airport
City Istanbul
Country Turkey
Latitude 41
Longitude 28.8

Return Airport

Destination code MSY
Destination airport name Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
City New Orleans, LA
Country the United States
Latitude 30
Longitude -90.3


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