New Orleans Offering Incentives to Win Back Carriers

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport officials hope regional carrier ExpressJet Airlines will be the first of many new flights landing at the facility post-Hurricane Katrina. Armstrong officials have experienced a turbulent 18 months of...

Heimlich said airlines typically look at the demand characteristics of a metropolitan area such as whether there's room to grow for leisure and business travelers.

Hunter's six-month vision includes the business traveler, he said. "Road Home checks (will be) in hand and people will be able to spend money. Contractors will line up and we'll have that artificial citizen," Hunter said.

"Inside a year the competition is going to be fierce. We're going to have some growing pains."

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