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My NOLA: 20 Questions with Trey Fayard of GLO Airlines

When this New Orleans local craved an easier way to travel the Mid-South region, he founded an airline. But NOLA is always his favorite destination…

GLO offers regional flights between New Orleans and cities like Memphis and Little Rock. (Photo courtesy of GLO)

Trey Fayard was an attorney and businessman in New Orleans who found he was spending inordinate amounts of time in the car traveling to nearby, mid-sized Southern cities.

Photo: Frank Aymami
Trey Fayard. (Photo: Frank Aymami)

“I couldn’t get there from here quickly,” he says. “There aren’t many opportunities to fly.”

In his conversations with friends and peers, Fayard discovered that others were facing the same problem, so he decided to solve it… by founding an airline.

GLO serves the Mid-South region offering daily, nonstop service between its base in New Orleans and Shreveport, Little Rock, Memphis, and Destin-Fort Walton Beach. Its vision is to provide air service across the south to New Orleans’s sister cities “starving for direct connections,” Fayard says. It achieves this with attention to New Orleans flavor — think exceptional service and familiar, complimentary snacks like PJ’s Coffee and Zapp’s chips. “We’re local. We understand our customers,” Fayard says, also noting the majority of GLO travelers are repeat customers.

(Photo courtesy of GLO Airlines)

“[Connecting Mid-South cities] is paramount for business, family, friends, and catching the ball game,” he says. “New Orleans is a natural tourism draw. Some of our best leisure travelers are also business travelers.”

Fayard has always felt a strong connection to New Orleans and is proud to provide an easy way for those who live nearby to visit.

“Whenever you get to the airport and that departure sign says ‘New Orleans,’ you get excited,” he says. Below, he shares his favorite things to eat, see, and do in his favorite city — hop on a GLO flight and follow his suggestions.

20 Questions with Trey Fayard

1. Who is your favorite New Orleanian, dead or alive, real or imagined?

The new New Orleanians who are moving here. They are contributing a great deal to moving the city forward from where we’ve been and have a sense of community, pride, and ownership.

2. What first brought you to New Orleans?

I grew up in southern Louisiana and moved here in 2003 for Tulane Law School.

3. In your opinion — what’s the best neighborhood in New Orleans?

Uptown – because I live there.

4. If it’s a beautiful day, where are you going to spend it?

At the airport looking over the airplanes and greeting customers.

5. Describe the best meal you’ve eaten in New Orleans.

Saturday lunch po-boy. It’s hard to beat a cold drink and a good po-boy.

6. Where’s your favorite brunch spot? 

Atchafalaya – you can sit outside, good crowd, delicious food, neighborhood restaurant.

7. What’s your favorite type of po-boy? Where do you get it?

I like the shrimp po-boy from Domilise’s.

The ferry to Algiers Point departs every half hour from the foot of Canal Street, and costs a nominal $2 each way (exact change/cash only) and has service most days until 9:45 pm, with reduced hours on weekends. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

8. You’ve got friends visiting, and it’s their first time in New Orleans — where are you taking them?

Well you gotta take them to the Quarter. I like to go early afternoon and work my way back. Also hit Magazine Street, museums, walk along the river. The Algiers Ferry is fun, too.

9. What’s your favorite neighborhood bar?

I love Monkey Hill – great interior, friendly people, great spot to catch a ball game or meet a friend. And you can walk to [Audubon Park].

10. What is your favorite New Orleans cocktail, and where do you go to get it?

French 75 at the French 75 Bar.

11. What’s your favorite dessert or sweet treat in the city?

Ice cream at Clancy’s.

12. Best spot to see live music?

Maple Leaf.

13. Favorite New Orleans musician or band?

I really like The Meters. Saw their last show at the Maple Leaf.

14. Favorite New Orleans festival?

Jazz Fest.

15. What’s your ideal New Orleans date night?

I get up at 4:30 [a.m.], so I like an early dinner with a night cap on the way home. I enjoy walking around the streets of this city.

16. What are your favorite local shops?

Langenstein’s.

The “Road to Tokyo” exhibit at The National World War II Museum. (Photo courtesy of The National World War II Museum)

17. What is your favorite New Orleans museum?

The National World War II Museum.

18. Where do you go to watch The Saints play?

The Dome! When I can…

19. Describe New Orleans in one word.

Ecumenical.

20. When was the last time you fell in love with New Orleans, and why?

Every day!

 

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