New Orleans Airport at 50 Percent of Pre-Katrina Service

New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport today reported Delta Air Lines has added three nonstop roundtrip flights to Atlanta, for a total of 10 daily - the same frequency as Pre-Katrina. Armstrong International will now have 77 daily round trip flights to 27 destinations on nine major air carriers, which means Armstrong has nearly 50 percent of its pre-Katrina passenger service. Delta will resume service to Salt Lake City Jan.

31 with one daily round trip and add one daily round trip flight to New York's LaGuardia Airport beginning Feb, 16. The LaGuardia service will have an introductory fare of $69 one way.

Delta also provides regional jet service to Orlando, Washington Reagan National and two roundtrips to their Cincinnati hub.

JetBlue Airways adds a second daily roundtrip Jan. 12 and is offering one-way fares as low as $69 to and from New York's JFK Airport.

Today, Continental Airlines resumed service to Cleveland Hopkins Airport with one daily round trip flight, which marks the return of service to all three of Continental's pre-Katrina nonstop markets. Continental operates 12 round trips to Houston's Intercontinental Airport, two flights to Newark and one flight to Cleveland. Continental's new service brings it to approximately 80 percent of the flights and seats offered pre-Katrina.

United Airlines will also increase its level of air service Jan. 9 at Armstrong International by adding a second Denver roundtrip and introducing the first post-Katrina nonstop flight to Los Angeles International. United will also begin service to two new destinations Feb. 23 when it offers roundtrip service to San Antonio and Oklahoma City, Okla.

US Airways adds a second Charlotte roundtrip Jan. 16 and Air Tran Airways adds a third Atlanta roundtrip Feb. 15.

All service will be operated with mainline jet aircraft seating more than 100 passengers except for the Delta service to New York and Salt Lake City, the Continental service to Cleveland and the United service to Oklahoma City and San Antonio. These service additions will use 50- and 70-seat regional jet aircraft, respectively. All passenger service at Armstrong uses jet aircraft.

For further information, contact Michelle C. Duffourc, Public Relations Manager, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, at 504-464-3547 or 504-628-0250 (cell).

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