"For us to be holding the line in a market that has actually gotten smaller since the hurricane shows our committment to New Orleans. We've done our best to help New Orleans out."
"Our take is that New Orleans is seeing steady growth. It may be not as fast as New Orleans would like, but the enplanements continue to climb. It's now behaving like a growing market."
From Delta -
"We had our own Katrina up here in Atlanta called bankruptcy. Delta is not as large in New Orleans. Well, we're not as larger as we were in other cities. It's not just a New Orleans phenomenon. We're starting to release our capacity to add more service back in to New Orleans."
From Southwest -
"We will continue to monitor demand there. We have known that there has been a desire to have more flights in New Orleans, and we feel that we have been adding flights as quickly as we can."
A couple of interesting points:
* Delta held its North American sales meeting in New Orleans last month, brigning in 250 sales agents.
* American, Continental, and Delta have been working closely with the convention bureau to schedule extra flights or put larger planes on routes when conventions or special events need it.
* American and Continental have scheduled meetings with the airport to look at bringing in more service.
* Some airlines were still using pre-Katrina market data for New Orleans as of last month.