The cheapest times to fly from MSY to CUL are

  • January 15th to March 4th (except the week of February 19th)
  • March 19th to April 8th (except the week of March 26th)
  • April 23rd to August 5th (except the weeks of April 30th, May 14th, May 21st, and May 28th)
  • October 8th to November 4th (except the week of October 15th)

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 MSY to CUL is late January. Prices can be as high as $2468 for Thursday flights during mid to late November, or as low as $404 for Wednesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Culiacán

Flying from New Orleans, LA (MSY) to Culiacan (CUL) will usually cost between $825 to $1010 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $713. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late November, with an average price of $1103. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $390 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $834 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MSY to CUL flight.

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

MSY to CUL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MSY to CUL flight is cheaper than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from New Orleans. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.46, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Thursdays are the most expensive days to fly to Culiacán, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to New Orleans. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $295 (23%) 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 $807. Return trip prices are from the CUL to MSY 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 MSY to CUL can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 59 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from MSY to CUL while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: General Rafael Buelna International Airport (MZT) in Mazatlan

  • 135 miles (217 km) away from CUL
  • Usually 23.32% less expensive than CUL
  • 1-layover flights available

See MSY to MZT flights


Flight Hacking MSY to CUL

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 MSY to CUL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Mexico City (MSY > MEX > CUL)

  • Price for both tickets: $483
  • Average savings: $351 (42.09%)

See MSY to MEX flights

Hack #2: Los Angeles, CA (MSY > LAX > CUL)

  • Price for both tickets: $580
  • Average savings: $254 (30.46%)

See MSY to LAX flights

Hack #3: Chihuahua (MSY > CUU > CUL)

  • Price for both tickets: $636
  • Average savings: $198 (23.74%)

See MSY to CUU flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, American, COPA, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1115 miles or 1794 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MSY to CUL flight is about 2 hour 59 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 6 available flights from MSY to CUL.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code CUL
Destination airport name Culiacan International Airport
City Culiacan
Country Mexico
Latitude 24.8
Longitude -107.5


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