The passenger capacity of MSY is half what it was before Katrina.
This is an outrage! Why haven't the airstrips been refurbished? Why aren't the terminals in order? Why haven't the staff been deployed?
Oh, sorry, it's not New Orleans fault. It's the motherfucking we're greedier than the fucking oil companies and we got bailed out after 9/11 fuck off and die New Orleans airlines.
Every week during the school year, I have to fly from MSY to Chicago. Every week I have to make at least one trip into New Orleans and one trip out. And every time since January, the planes have been packed to the gills. Not another person could be crowbarred in, no matter how much WD-40 the airlines applied to us.
Oh, and we're paying more, too. A lot more.
Before K, there was occasionally space on the planes! No shit! "Before Katrina, Perry said, airlines that flew into New Orleans did so with planes only 70 percent full, and now they are 90 percent full on average."
Now, the airlines (henceforth part ot them) use the smallest friggin commuter planes they possibly can to shoehorn as many as they possibly can into and out of New Orleans.
Note: the Embraer planes used by United Express are actually roomy and comfortable, unlike everything used by Delta and American. Delta does use some Embraer planes, but not many.
They could simply up the size of the planes! But fuck no! Why show any kind of fucking commitment to New Orleans at all?
Well, Southwest, always a renegade (and an airline that did not get a 9/11 bailout), is fairly committed to New Orleans, and now has direct flights to Chicago. They were the biggest NOLA airline pre-K, and they're the biggest now, although at 42% of pre-K flights. 17 cities pre-K, 10 now. They say they want to increase load, but listen to this politician-business-speak: "We'd love to grow in New Orleans. We'd love to be bigger than we were in New Orleans," Berg said. "Our desire is there, but it will be conservative growth."
As a polyglot, let me translate that for you: "When we're at 95% capacity, we'll add more flights, one by one. Right now, you poor bastards are lucky we still fly there at all. Oh, and we're a discount airline in every market except New Orleans. Fuck you."
So who are the good guys now? Continental is close to 100% of pre-K capacity and American (with whom I will never again fly, if I can help it) is around 89% to destinations from New Orleans (they only fly to 5 destinations from NOLA now, before it was 6...so figure around 70% overall).
Who are the bad guys? One big ass word: Delta. As God is my witness, I will try to never fly Delta again. Less than 48%. Fucking fucks.
BTW, it was MY TAX MONEY that bailed these fuckmooks out after 9/11. Now who is getting screwed?