(September 3, 2008) – Hurricane Gustav has come and gone, and fortunately, did not cause severe damage. The following updates were received from AirTran Airways and CSX Transporation.
AirTran Airways Resumes Flights to New Orleans
AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. today announced that the airline will resume service to Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, Louisiana today with flight 451 departing Atlanta, Georgia at 8:25 pm EDT and arriving in New Orleans at 8:53 pm CDT. The airline will resume full operations to/from New Orleans on Thursday, September 4.
AirTran Airways, along with other carriers serving the airport, cancelled flights when the airport closed Sunday night through today because of Hurricane Gustav.
The airline strongly encourages passengers to check the status of their flights by visiting http://www.airtran.com/ or by calling 1-800-AIRTRAN (247-8726).
CSX Reports on Track Inspections Following Gustav
CSX Transportation (CSXT) has completed its initial inspection of track and terminals in the Gulf Coast region impacted by Hurricane Gustav. Though no significant damage occurred to any of CSXT’s bridges or terminals, the company has identified at least 21 miles of track with substantial impact.
Repairs to the track damage, which begins about 10 miles east of New Orleans, will require at least two weeks. As a result, a daily average of 7-10 trains will continue to be rerouted through alternative gateways at Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama and East St. Louis, Illinois.
Due to traffic routed over alternate gateways, some customers may experience slightly longer transit times over these temporary routes. For more information, customers can call the CSX Customer Service Center at 1-877-ShipCSX (1-877-744-7279), prompts #5 then #6.
Repairs to other isolated track damage between New Orleans and Pascagoula, Mississippi and cleanup of downed trees and other debris will take about 24-48 hours.
While damage estimates are preliminary, they are not expected to be material to operating income in the current quarter.