All flights are cancelled at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport for Sunday, August 29 due to Hurricane Ida.
Update: Monday, August 30, 2021.
MSY remains closed. The latest communication from the airport:
Update: Ida is now downgraded to a Tropical Storm but heavy rains are to the east and north of New Orleans heading towards the Northeast. Air traffic will be impacted in this area. There is no electricity in the city of New Orleans.
Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) yesterday (February 4) celebrated the start of seasonal, low-cost service to New Orleans from Cincinnati (CVG). Local travelers can now laissez les bon temps rouler in the Big Easy just in time for Mardi Gras.
New Orleans is the first of two new cities Allegiant will be launching from CVG in February, with flights to Jacksonville, Florida beginning on February 12. Both cities were previously served nonstop from CVG by other carriers and were recently discontinued. Cincinnati is the first city to be connected with Allegiant’s newest destination and will offer travelers their first low-cost option for flights to New Orleans.
The seasonal flights will operate twice weekly from the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) through May 4, 2015.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 N302NV (msn 2387) completes its final approach to the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.
Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new nonstop service to New Orleans, the carrier’s newest destination. Seasonal service between New Orleans and Cincinnati, Columbus and Indianapolis, and year-round service between Sanford (near Orlando), will begin in early February.
New routes announced include:
Seasonal service to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) from:
1. Cincinnati, Ohio – begins February 4, 2015 through May 5, 2015
2. Columbus, Ohio – begins February 5, 2015 through April 8, 2015
3. Indianapolis – begins February 5, 2015 through May 5, 2015
4. Sanford, Florida – begins February 5, 2015 through August 17, 2015
The new flights will all operate twice weekly.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N874GA (msn 49643) arrives in Las Vegas.
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) continues to quickly grow its network. It is the growth airline in the United States. The ultra low-fare airline has announced that it is starting new service between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and two new cities – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) starting on August 1, 2014.
Additionally Spirit announced that it is starting new service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and three other new cities, including Atlanta (ATL) starting on August 1, 2014, and to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and San Diego (SAN) starting on September 3, 2014. These new routes join new service from Houston to Kansas City (MCI) that begins on August 7, 2014.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N618NK (msn 5458) in the special “Greetings from Fort Worth” DFW Airport promotional livery lands on runway 09L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today (August 1) launched new service with 76-seat Embraer ERJ 175 large regional aircraft. According to the airline, the launch “marks an important step in the airline’s plan to diversify its regional fleet.” Announced earlier this year as part of a 12-year capacity purchase agreement with Republic Airways Holdings, the aircraft will allow American to better match customer demand in markets where, until today, it could only offer larger mainline aircraft or smaller regional jets.
The Embraer ERJ 175 jets will be branded with the new American Eagle livery and operated by Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis), a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis).
Beginning today, the aircraft will fly from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). American will expand its ERJ 175 service as additional aircraft are phased into operation. This will be done at a rate of approximately two to three aircraft per month, with 47 ERJ 175s expected to be in service by the first quarter of 2015.
American’s ERJ 175s feature a two-class configuration with 12 First Class seats and 64 Main Cabin seats, including 20 with Main Cabin Extra (MCE). The ERJ 175 has the largest First Class cabin in American’s regional fleet and is the first to feature Main Cabin Extra seating, offering customers more legroom and priority boarding. The aircraft also features modern cabin elements including full-size overhead bins, spacious lavatories, leather seating and adjustable headrests.
Republic Airways, a longtime partner of American Airlines and the largest operator of large Embraer jets, currently operates regional jet service for American in Chicago with 15 Embraer ERJ 140 aircraft through its Chautauqua Airlines subsidiary.
American’s fleet plan calls for the transitioning out of smaller regional aircraft such as ATR 72s and ERJ 135s by the end of 2013. Deploying large regional jets such as the ERJ 175 allows American to more effectively compete by offering customers more choices with the right-size aircraft to match market demand.
The first ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) for Republic Airlines for the American Eagle contract is N401YX (msn 17000363), handed over on July 15, 2013. It was followed by N402YX on July 18 and N403YX on July 23.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has officially landed at Key West International Airport (EYW), extending the airline’s Florida presence to the southernmost point of the country in the Florida Keys. Key West, a popular tourist destination, becomes the eighth city the airline serves in the state of Florida and the 78th city added to the airline’s vast route map.
Southwest attributes its entrance into the market, beginning today, to the roots planted by its wholly-owned subsidiary AirTran Airways. Southwest will take over AirTran’s two daily nonstop departures to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Tampa Bay International Airport (TPA). In addition to the two daily nonstop flights, Southwest will introduce an entirely new market with daily nonstop service to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport beginning on March 9, 2013. With this nonstop service, Key West Customers will have access to Southwest’s extensive network with additional connecting service to more than 75 destinations nationwide.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Boeing 737-7H4 N945WN (msn 36660) “Florida One” arrives at Baltimore/Washington.