Firm tests charter concept in New Orleans

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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 people here."

Bourg said the pricing on ConventionAir is "competitive" with other major carriers' roundtrip fares to New Orleans.

Destination Management
Phone: (800) 471-8222
Web: www.visitnola.com

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