MSYtristar
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WN: Brand New Jetways For MSY

Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:40 am

Southwest is apparently spending its own $$$ to put up some new jetways on Concourse B at MSY. I saw three of them arrive today. The ones that are up now are really sad...the tops are severly rusted, and they are just generally grimy overall....but those are not in use at this time since WN is only using three gates out of its usual six or seven. I guess they want to have the new jetways up and running prior to their next mini expansion of service in June, when they'll be up to a whopping 28 flights per day from here. And I meant the term whopping literally this time since it is oh so rare to see more than a handful of mainline jets from here per day from most airlines flying here (AA and CO excluded). Thanks to WN for at least holding its own down here against the ever increasing RJ invasion which is taking place....mostly from DL.

I'm glad the airport didn't spend its money on this though....there are several jetways on Concourse C which are in far worse condition than the ones that WN is replacing....namely C1/2/9/11/15/16...those babies are from the early 60's and they are in dire need of replacement.
 
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RE: WN: Brand New Jetways For MSY

Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:38 pm

It will be interesting to see how airlines end up viewing and adjusting to the MSY market.

I recently read an article from a study that predicted the New Orleans area would only to recover approximately 60-80% of its pre-Katrina economic activity during the first 3-5 years, which would leave the city and region much smaller while the rest of country continues to grow at average 3-4% rates each year.
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RE: WN: Brand New Jetways For MSY

Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:19 pm

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 1):
It will be interesting to see how airlines end up viewing and adjusting to the MSY market

I read an article in the local paper this morning about Jazz Fest and how numerous hotel rooms have opened up, anxious to receive visitors, but the airport is only running with about 99 daily flights as opposed to about 170 before the storm. The article went on to say that airports in BTR and JAN were seeing Jazz Fest traffic, and that MSY should expect to stay around its current level of activitiy until October, when the cruise ships return.

It will be interesting to see how things pan out. I just want to see F9/AC/YX/TA back in here. Heck, at this point, I'd take ONE of those airlines. This airport is basically a ghost town still.
 
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RE: WN: Brand New Jetways For MSY

Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:31 am

It's probably just going to take a few years before MSY can sustain pre Katrina traffic levels. For now, it seems demand is very high for the flights that are operating, so that's a good sign. I've flown down there 3 times since Katrina and every flight has been oversold. They really need to work on getting airport food service and other retailers back open though.

As for the jetways, not only do they look rickety and dilapidated, they smell musty and gross. Not exactly great for first impressions. When they rebuilt concourse C, I can't believe they reinstalled the 30 year old jetways.
 
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RE: WN: Brand New Jetways For MSY

Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:30 am

Quoting Doninfc (Reply 3):
When they rebuilt concourse C, I can't believe they reinstalled the 30 year old jetways.

You're not the only one! I work on one everyday and everyday I tell myself the same thing: "This thing is going to fall apart one day with people on it and it won't be pretty."