NEW ORLEANS -- From the "now for something completely different"
file comes Hospitality Enterprises' ConventionAir, charter air
service in and out of The Big Easy.
ConventionAir is operated by Destination Management Inc, a
Hospitality Enterprises Company.
ConventionAir uses existing charter airlines, such as Miami Air,
Champion Air in Minneapolis and Indianapolis-based American Trans
Air, as well as existing crew, according to Bob Bourg, vice
president of Destination Management Inc.
The charter carrier will provide service for specific
conventions requested by meeting planners who have long complained
about the lack of air service in and out of the New Orleans, which
is not a major hub city of any major carrier.
"We've been trying to get major carriers to increase air service
into New Orleans, but we don't have the large corporate base that
other cities do," Bourg said. "In this city its peaks and valleys
and major airlines can't afford to operate planes during the down
time in New Orleans."
Low levels of flight service can force attendees to make
numerous connections, pay high fares, and deviate from their
desired arrival and departure dates.
"We've had people complain about difficulty in getting big
groups in and out and we certainly don't want to lose any shows
because of it," Bourg said. "If the city's filled with conventions
than we're doing well. It's definitely part of our business to get
Bourg said the pricing on ConventionAir is "competitive" with
other major carriers' roundtrip fares to New Orleans.
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