OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma air travelers will soon be able to make direct flights to New Orleans from Tulsa.

Allegiant Air announced Tuesday it will offer nonstop flights beginning May 26 between Tulsa International Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Tulsa airport Director Jeff Mulder said in a statement that Tulsa has many ties to the Gulf region. He said nonstop service means what was a 12 to 14 hour road trip can instead now be a two hour flight.

The airline says direct flights will run twice per week.