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Hurricane Gustav Update

Continental and AirTran prepare to resume flights at airports affected by hurricane

eTN  Sep 02, 2008

Hurricane Gustav, now downgraded to a category one hurricane, is weakening with maximum sustained winds near 75 mph. The hurricane is expected to continue weakening within the next 24 to 48 hours, becoming a tropical storm by tonight or early Tuesday and a tropical depression by late Tuesday or on Wednesday.

Airlines who had to suspend flights in the affected areas are now preparing to resume flights. Statements from Continental Airlines and AirTran Airways follow.

Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines is continuing to adjust its operations as a result of Hurricane Gustav. Flights to various airports in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and East Texas are subject to delay or advance cancelation as a result of weather conditions or airport conditions in the region. Airport condition assessments are ongoing at most airports affected by the hurricane.

In addition, Continental is monitoring Hurricane Hanna in the Atlantic and is prepared to make operational adjustments if necessary in the days ahead.
During the Labor Day weekend, Continental provided 1,200 extra seats out of New Orleans to assist with evacuation efforts. Employees flew into Louisiana prior to the storm’s arrival to help with the evacuation flights.

No flights were operated at New Orleans on Monday, and resumption of Continental service at the airport, as well as at certain other cities, is subject to further evaluation.

Cities where Continental plans to continue regular operations or resume operations on Tuesday include: Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Jackson, Mississippi; Monroe, Louisiana and Pensacola, Florida. Continental employees are poised to fly into affected cities to assist in restarting operations, where necessary.

Houston hub operations are not significantly affected by Gustav.
Customers booked on flights to and from applicable airports will be permitted a one-time date or time change to their itinerary without penalty for rescheduled travel. If a flight has been canceled, a refund in the original form of payment may be requested. Complete details are available at

The fastest and most convenient way to change travel plans is via Customers should enter their confirmation number and last name in ‚ÄúManage Reservations.‚ÄĚ

Customers may also call Continental Airlines reservations at 800-525-0280 or their travel agent. provides an overview of Continental operations, as well as up-to-date information regarding the status of specific flights. Automated flight status information is also available at 800-784-4444.
AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways today announced that the airline has planned to resume service to those cities affected by Hurricane Gustav according to the following schedule:

Flights To/From Remarks

Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss. The airline will operate all flights into and
out of Gulfport/Biloxi on Tuesday, Sept. 2,

New Orleans, La. All Flights Cancelled Monday, Sept. 1 and
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. Projected resumption
of operations is Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, but
is subject to change based on the availability
of airport employees and security personnel,
facilities and services at the New Orleans

Pensacola, Fla. The first flight operating into Pensacola will
be AirTran flight 456 departing Atlanta Monday,
Sept. 1, 2008, at 5:52 p.m. and arriving
Pensacola at 6:08 p.m. The first flight
operating out of Pensacola will be AirTran
flight 785 departing Pensacola Monday, Sept. 1,
2008, at 6:38 p.m. and arriving Atlanta at 8:56
p.m. The airline plans to operate all
scheduled flights after these first flights.

The airline strongly encourages passengers to check the status of their flights by visiting or by calling 1-800-AIRTRAN (247-8726).

Continental and AirTran prepare to resume flights at airports affected by hurricane

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