The National Weather Service got it right even if some people don't understand the gravity of what is happening or think that major businesses including airlines will carry on as usual.
This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety. #Harvey
You may not even be old enough to remember Katrina but the impact on New Orleans was enormous - and MSY was not a major airline hub and is a smaller city than Houston.
It doesn't matter how many resources UA or WN wants to throw at their hubs. The entire SE Texas region will take months to recover, business will slow to crawl, and the impact will cost the entire region. Contractors and temporary workers do not take the place of high value global business people that are needed to profitably fill flights to Houston.
Whether anyone here realizes it or not, this is an unprecedented disaster in size and scope and it will cost the region and the airlines that serve that region. Funneling connecting traffic won't keep UA and WN from having to reduce the size of their operations in Houston because of the lack of high value business demand.
Yes this storm sucks. Yes, it will cost UA millions of dollars. But your exaggerations are downright stupid and a testament to your lack of objectivity to anything that doesn't directly glorify Delta. I live in this city. Im riding out the storm now. I work in Corporate Travel. People still need to get in and out of here for work. That will NOT change. Comparing this to Katrina is downright stupid.
seriously get a grip.
The rain hasn't even stopped in Houston... at best, the NWS is saying the area might have received HALF of the rain that Harvey will send to the area and you are worried about trying to reduce what is ALREADY one of the most extensive natural disasters in the US into a competitive fight between DL and UA?
Note that real experts are calling this unprecedented and most extensive disaster in history.
They are fully aware of Katrina and no one is belittling anything that those people went through.
Houston is simply a much bigger city, there are dozens of pictures of homes, cars and businesses underwater - and again the rain hasn't stopped.
I would suggest you swallow your pride a little bit and understand that the world is bigger than your home, your neighborhood, and the work you do.
This is an unprecedented disaster. Trying to act like a few people will just sweep the front door and all will be back to normal is the height of being disconnected.
I and most other people are in shock at what is happening in Houston and we are very aware, apparently unlike you, of knowing the impact of far smaller disasters on smaller cities and the businesses they serve.
You are free to believe what you want. There are millions of people's lives and businesses that are being profoundly changed by the minute and there will be no quick or fast recovery.
and the rain is still expected to keep coming for days.