September 8, 2008
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Expects Fall Service Dip, Rebound
The number of airline seats at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will drop in September and October compared with June levels before rising again in November for the holiday season, according to the airport.
Beginning in September, air service capacity at the airport will drop 7 percent from June because of two factors: a stressed commercial airline industry and the Sept. 2 pullout of ExpressJet Airlines.
ExpressJet said July 8 that it will cease operations "of its at- risk flying operations in September 2008," and for New Orleans that means 500 daily seats to five destinations.
Between June and September, Armstrong will have lost 17 flights, five destinations and 1,163 seats.
The trend will reverse in October when Armstrong adds four flights for 15,072 total seats. By November, four more flights will be added to bring the total to 15,959 seats, a 1 percent increase over air service in June.
Armstrong's capacity in November will put it at 77 percent of its 20,656 monthly seats available before Hurricane Katrina.
Credit: CityBusiness Staff Reports
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