May 2, 2009

Navy confident N.O. air show will thrive

A U.S. Navy public affairs officer says this weekend's N'Awlins Air Show in New Orleans should enjoy a good draw despite competition for an audience.

John Filostrat, the Navy's public affairs officer in New Orleans, said the air show taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse directly conflicts with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.

Filostrat said naval officials were aware of the conflict with the festival's second weekend of performances, but went ahead with confidence nonetheless.

This city can handle multiple events, he said. It's been doing that for years.

We think we'll be getting folks who will be driving a long way who didn't plan on Jazz Fest.

Capt. Bill Snyder, commanding officer of the air station, told The Times-Picayune the air show should also benefit from the fact the station is not hosting the aerial event in 2010.

All the more reason to come out this weekend, Snyder said. We want to bring bigger crowds, so folks won't think, 'I can wait until next year.' They'll come this year.