A few nice phone leads driving traffic images I found:
52.16 – Busy, well-travelled & indecisive
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It’s been a good week. It’s been very busy, especially compared with my past few but I think I like it that way. As long as I have a day to recover.
Last Sunday, after posting my 52.15 I decided to DO something. So I got in the car & drove up into the Quantocks and went for a walk. I tried to go up Broomfield Hill but managed to go around the side instead. I’ll probably use a map next time I try that. The bottom right photo is from then. Wellies were definitely a good idea what with all the dead leaves and mud. I was slightly uneasy about wandering around on my own, but I decided that Broomfield isn’t exactly a hotbed for crime, and I had my phone with me just in case (not that I could’ve called anyone much with the terrible signal up there).
Later on I went home & hacked up Kate’s beautifully carved pumpkin & made soup. It was pretty nice, even if the addition of bacon wasn’t quite as good as it might’ve been. Then I just hung around & awaited the return of (3/4 of) my family. I tried to take photos of myself for a new railcard but it wasn’t working and I think the bottom left of the above was the best of the bunch. Sadly it doesn’t fit their requirements.
Monday was, I think, just bras really.
Tuesday was till training. Supposedly 9-5.30. We got into the till training room (formerly the corridor leading to the till training room) and were just about to get started when the fire alarm went off. So we all traipsed out into the cold and huddled in Goodlands Gardens with the rest of the store staff, arranged by floor. It turned out to just be a drill & there was a short meeting afterwards so the managers could tell us what went wrong.
Tll training itself was fairly straight forward, lots of it is just following prompts. There are even pictures of chip & pin machines that come up when you select pay by card. We finished earlier than intended so I went back to Lingerie for a bit. Hannah (one of my colleagues who’s absolutely lovely and also on a gap year) and I had to move a couple of racks of bras which was entertaining. Luckily there were no customers around to see us knocking everything off the hooks…
My till number started working pretty quickly and I sold a man some tights… not for him apparently, and he didn’t seem too interested in a Debenhams card. I’ve discovered that the most difficult part about being on the till is remembering to ask all the questions, and to take in the answers! I’m sure I’ve asked people several times over if they need a carrier bag… Apparently Lingerie is very likely to get test shopped in November so we have to make sure we do all of it every time. Eek.
I had Wednesday off and Mum was feeling a bit icky so Kate and I took the initiative and ran away to Wells, narrowly avoiding a large lorry attempting a right angle bend in Westonzoyland. We had lunch from the farmers’ market, saw & heard the town crier in action, bought some cheese and searched (fruitlessly) for a spaghetti jar for Granny. A rather chilly looking Starbucks man gave us free samples of Dark Cherry Mocha, one of their Christmas drinks this year, which was surprisingly nice for something cherry flavoured.
We went & looked at the Bishop’s Palace & moat, which looks v nice with all the orangey yellowy trees, and saw a few people getting mobbed by ducks, swans and seagulls. Rather too many seagulls for my liking. We had coffee(me) and hot chocolate(Kate) and cake in a coffee shop/café further down the main street and wrote a couple of postcards. They had lots of art, including photos of Arizona, funny abstract paintings and some nice watercolours of geese and other animals. After that we wandered back up to the Cathedral and jumped about like idiots on the green (top left, taken by Kate) which I’m sure counts as exercise and counteracts the cake…
Thursdayyyy. Started with LOTS of traffic in Taunton. I decided to go to Tesco before work for brunch apples and chocolates and discovered that through the middle of town was not the best way to go. I was behind my friend Sarah’s Mum in the jams but she didn’t see me. Anyway. More bras. Jenny was off sick so we had no-one to do fittings and then Mary went home and I was on my own for about 5 hours, although I did get a break (coffee & apple). I think I did fairly well considering I was on my own on the department. I got a bit confused a few times and had to cancel transactions (which is annoying as you have to have a supervisor sign a slip), as well as forgetting to give a woman her change. That meant I had to run over to womenswear to get someone who could open the draw up but hopefully I’ll learn from my mistakes…? At the end of the day I swapped with someone on womenswear and learnt to cash-up a till.
After work I went to Amy’s house before going for drinks with Amy & Meg. I went there as going home would’ve taken up all the time between finishing work and meeting them. Oh and I was invited. The aforementioned chocolates were for Amy’s Mum who has put up with and fed me a few times before. I drove Amy into town where we met Meg and had a nice chat over drinks (non alcoholic for me) before going home at the very civilised hour of 10.30pm. (Amy had come back up from Plymouth University for reading week)
Friday was a rather longer day. It started at 7.30am when I got up to take Mum into Bridgwater to catch the coach to London (& Anna). After doing so (and seeing a carnival float in Asda car park) I failed to realise that one can’t turn right out of that-street-where-the-Admiral-Blake-is and ended up going back round by the hospital & library. Oh well. Well actually not really. When I got home I went on the computer (which Mum had used earlier) to print myself a map but then Dad pointed out that it was already 9something and I was working at 10. Oops. So I had an extremely quick shower and as I no longer had time to Park and Ride Dad kindly drove me to work, I ended up being early.
Yet more bras. And Sheila (my nice supervisor) taught me to bra fit! She’ll be checking all the ones I do for a bit to make sure I’m not getting it horifically wrong. I fitted two people on Friday & they seemed pretty happy with it.
After work I went & found Lydia (who’s currently planning on 2 gap years) and Dad picked us up. We went home, packed up my stuff and set out for Oxford! Yess. I had Saturday off so I decided earlier in the week that I wanted to go somewhere. York and Norwich (Steph & Caroline) were too far away & too expensive so I went for Aletta in Oxford (whether she liked it or not) and on the spur of the moment decided to invite Lydia too. I drove because the train was very expensive (especially without a railcard) and the only coaches left before I finished work.
The driving itself was fine (and Lydia read to me about Henry VIII), although Cheltenham is now one of my least favourite town centres due to its ridiculously complicated and incomprehensible road markings. Ee did get stuck for a bit on the A40 between there and Oxford but it cleared up just as Lydia was considering getting out for a wee.
When we got to the ring road I asked Lydia to look out for Park & Ride signs, and when she immediately said "there it is" I assumed she was joking. She wasn’t. But I managed to realise and turn off in time. We left the car in the park and ride (overnight is allowed there, it seems safe enough and is a LOT less than city centre overnight parking) and hauled our bags onto a delightfully green bus.
After being deposited at the West end of the High Street we trekked along, past Queen’s, out to the Florey Building (where they put the first years) and found Aletta. After a lot of excitement over seeing each other (largely from Aletta & Lydia) we calmed down and got ready to go out again. A gang composed of Aletta’s neighbours and college friends and us went to Pizza Hut (where they were very slow, got my pizza wrong, took ages to do another and gave us our starters after our pizza) and thence to Queen’s College’s "Beer Cellar". There was karaoke so naturally Aletta got signed up (without her knowledge) and she & Lydia sang "It’s Raining Men" with a lot of passion (I wasn’t drinking enough to want to join in…). I got a couple of lovely photos of that. Aletta also decided it would be funny if she introduced Lydia to the guy who plays Dean Thomas in Harry Potter (who goes to Queen’s) and then we all ran away. Hmm. Then Lydia threatened to (and apparently did) walk on the precious grass before we left. We trekked across Oxford and back, and eventually ended up in a bar/club called Escape. But then I appropriately enough escaped and went & had coffee with one of the guys I met at interviews last December (Mark).
When I joined the others again they’d misplaced Lydia but she eventually turned up back at Aletta’s room with soemone else from the building. Then Aletta’s neighbour (Dai, who was with us) discovered that his lock was broken and he(and his girlfriend who was visiting from Wales) couldn’t get back into his room. He tried to get the caretakers but it was 3am so not much happened on that front. After a good haf hour of desperate key turning and door rattling he gave up and Aletta sorted it out that two of the other people we were with (Ben & Nathan) would share one of their rooms and Dai & Tash could have the other. It was eventually sorted out in the morning by a carpenter who changed the lock. But, back in the early morning, Ben & Nathan hung around in Aletta’s room talking until 4.40am.
I woke up at 7 feeling time-of-the-month type icky and pretty tired and managed to get to sleep again for a bit before Aletta had to get up to go rowing at 9.15. Lydia & I dragged ourselves out of bed and into Oxford proper again. I went & had breakfast and a walk around Christchurch meadow with Mark(top right, Japanese tourist impression taken by Mark) while Lydia wandered, bought overpriced soup and agonised over chips and dip. It was nice seeing Mark and I’m glad we still got on pretty well 11 months after we last saw each other, althoguh I did feel guilty about abandoning Lydia (even though she insisted it was fine).
Later on we found Aletta again and ended up having lunch and hanging around in Subway with more Queen’s people before packing up, saying goodbye and dragging all our stuff across Oxford to the bus stop. The journey back started out an hour later than planned due to long goodbyes and slow walking crowds on the way to the bus but we made pretty good time (2.5 hours compared to 3 on the way up). The weather was lovely and sunny in the morning in Oxford but it deteriorated steadily and by the time we got to Bristol there was heavy rain. Luckily there wasn’t too much traffic and it was dark so I had lights to go by.
We had arranged to meet Lydia’s Mum at the Bridgwater South services but as we were about to pass Bridgwater North (junction 23) I noticed a sign saying "North Petherton Carnival 08/11/2008 – for Bridgwater use junction 23". So we did. The bit of road coming up to the roundabout where the services are was full of police, ambulances, pedestrians and cars & tractors parked on the verge, and the services themself were (grammar check?) full of people parking for the carnival. But it turned out ok, Lydia’s Mum managed to find us in the end.
When I got home I found that Dad had gone to Sherbourne to be in a concert and Mum & Kate were waiting for me to get home so they could go to one. So I sat at home with their supper leftovers and a computer. Since then I’ve slept a lot, sorted out photos, rectified a drag-and-drop accident Mum had and kept very warm to try & shift a sniffle I developed from the coldness of Oxford at night and walking around puddle-infested meadows.
Congratulations on reaching the end, you must’ve been very bored.
(Mosaic because I’m too lazy to choose one, and wanted to include a couple that I didn’t take…)
Welcome to New Orleans
Image by Ken Lund
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is a public use airport in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is owned by the City of New Orleans and is located 10 nautical miles (19 km) west of its central business district. The airport’s address is 900 Airline Drive in Kenner, Louisiana. A small portion of Runway 10/28 is located in unincorporated St. Charles Parish. Armstrong International is the primary commercial airport for the New Orleans metropolitan area and southeast Louisiana. The airport was formerly known as Moisant Field, and it is also known as Louis Armstrong International Airport and New Orleans International Airport.
Sitting at an average of 4.5 feet (1.4 m) above sea level, MSY is the 2nd lowest-lying international airport in the world, behind only Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport in The Netherlands, which lies eleven feet below sea level (4.5 meters below Normaal Amsterdams Peil). Prior to Hurricane Katrina, MSY served 9.7 million passengers per year, nearly all of them non-connecting. In 2008, it served 7,944,397 passengers, representing an increase of 5.5% over the previous year. MSY has one of the best safety records among U.S. airports.
In February 2008, U.S. News And World Report ranked the travel experience at MSY 4th of the 47 busiest United States airports based upon the relatively small number of flight delays and frequently lower onboard flight loads.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport was once a major gateway for Latin American travel from the United States. That travel mostly goes through other cities which serve as hubs for international legacy-airlines.
MSY opened after World War II, replacing the older New Orleans Lakefront Airport (which kept the NEW and KNEW airport codes and now serves general aviation) as the city’s main airport. MSY was renamed in 2001 after Louis Armstrong, a famous jazz musician from New Orleans. The National Weather Service forecast office for the area was once located at MSY, but has moved to the suburb of Slidell, and now uses the non-airport codes LIX and KLIX.
The airport was originally named after daredevil aviator John Moisant, who died in an airplane crash on this land (which was devoted to farming at the time) in 1910. Its IATA code MSY was derived from Moisant Stock Yards, as Lakefront Airport retained the "NEW" code.
Plans for Moisant Field were begun in 1940, as evidence mounted that New Orleans’ older Shushan Airport (New Orleans Lakefront Airport) was in need of expansion or replacement. With the advent of World War II the land became a government air base. It was returned to civilian control after the war, and commercial service began at Moisant Field in May 1946.
On September 19, 1947, the airport was temporarily shut down as it was flooded under two feet of water by the 1947 Fort Lauderdale Hurricane.
Starting in 1946, and for the next thirteen years, passengers arrived and departed from a large, hangar-like makeshift structure, until a new main terminal complex debuted in 1959 towards the end of Mayor DeLesseps "Chep" Morrison’s administration. The core of this structure still forms much of the present day facility.
During the administration of Morrison’s successor, Vic Schiro formal government-sponsored studies were undertaken to evaluate the feasibility of relocating Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to a new site, contemporaneous with similar efforts that were ultimately successful in Houston (George Bush Intercontinental Airport) and Dallas (Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport). This attempt got as far as recommending a site in New Orleans East; a man-made island was to be created south of I-10 and north of U.S. Route 90 in a bay of Lake Pontchartrain. However, in the early 1970s it was decided that the current airport should be expanded instead, leading to the construction of a lengthened main terminal ticketing area, an airport access road linking the terminal to I-10, and the present-day Concourses A and B. New Orleans Mayor Sidney Barthelemy, in office from 1986 to 1994, later reintroduced the idea of building a new international airport for the city, with consideration given to other sites in New Orleans East, as well as on the Northshore in suburban St. Tammany Parish. Only a couple months before Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, Mayor Ray Nagin again proposed a new airport for New Orleans, this time to the west in Montz, Louisiana. These initiatives met with the same fate as 1960s-era efforts in new airport building for New Orleans.
Historically, Eastern Air Lines provided extensive service from MSY, including Boeing 727 Whisperjet service to Dallas, Tampa, and Miami, as well as to New York City and Atlanta. Utilizing such aircraft as 727s, Douglas DC-8s, and DC-10s, National Airlines at different times served Miami, Amsterdam, Tampa, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Through 1979, Southern Airways Douglas DC-9s frequented Armstrong International, a busy stop on its regional short-haul network. Delta Air Lines was another leading carrier at MSY, and for years carried more passengers out of New Orleans than any other airline. Its nonstop jet service to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles from New Orleans was advertised for decades on a prominent billboard sited on Canal Street downtown. Southwest Airlines now carries the most passengers in and out of New Orleans.
MSY was also the hub for short-lived Pride Air, an airline which operated for three months in 1985 using Boeing 727 aircraft.
On July 11, 2001, the airport was renamed after jazz musician Louis Armstrong in honor of the centennial of his birth.
On July 9, 1982, Pan Am Flight 759, en route from Miami to Las Vegas, departed New Orleans International. The Boeing 727-200 plane took off from the east-west runway (Runway 10/28) traveling east but never gained an altitude higher than 150 feet (46 m). The plane traveled 4,610 feet (1405 m) beyond the end of Runway 10, hitting trees along the way, until crashing into a residential neighborhood. A total of 153 people were killed (all 145 on board and 8 on the ground). The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause was the aircraft’s encounter with a microburst-induced wind shear during the liftoff. This atmospheric condition created a downdraft and decreasing headwind forcing the plane downward. Modern wind shear detection equipment, protecting flights from such conditions, is now in place at Armstrong International and at most commercial airports.
The airport was closed to commercial air traffic on August 28, 2005, shortly before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, and it remained closed as floods affected the city. The Associated Press reported on August 31 that MSY would receive humanitarian flights, and that the airport "has no significant airfield damage and had no standing water in aircraft movement areas", although the airport did, as the article put it, "[sustain] damage to its roofs, hangars and fencing." In early September, the airport opened only to military aircraft and humanitarian flights, and served as a staging center for evacuees. The airport reopened to commercial flights on September 13, 2005.
At about 2:30 EST in the morning on February 3, 2006, a tornado touched down on the grounds of MSY. The damage from the tornado was significant but primarily confined to Concourse C, where American, United, AirTran Airways, and international arrivals were based. Many temporary repairs dating from Hurricane Katrina failed, including one roof patch, forcing airlines based in the concourse to relocate operations to vacant gates. Jetways and other ground equipment also sustained damage. As of late 2006, all of this had been repaired.
MSY reopened to commercial flights on September 13, 2005, with four flights operated by Delta Air Lines to Atlanta and a Northwest Airlines flight to Memphis. Slowly, service from other carriers began to resume, with limited service offered by Southwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, and American Airlines.
Eventually, all carriers announced their return to MSY, with the exception of Frontier Airlines, Midwest Airlines, America West Airlines (which merged into US Airways two weeks later) and international carriers Air Canada and TACA. In early 2006 Continental Airlines became the first airline to return to pre-Katrina flight frequency levels, and in September 2006, to pre-Katrina seat capacity levels.
MSY served 7,944,397 passengers in 2008, or 82% of the all time high of 9,733,179 passengers who used Armstrong International in 2004.
As of August 2009, MSY’s operations will be at ???% of their pre-Katrina status, measured by airlines’ daily seat-count. Eighty-one percent of daily roundtrip flights will have been restored at that point, as well as 83% of the number of domestic cities served daily (scheduled) nonstop and 50% of international cities served (scheduled) nonstop.
 Incentives to airlines
On November 21, 2006; the New Orleans Aviation Board approved an air service initiative to promote increased service to Armstrong International:
Airlines qualify for a
Top Ten Trends Debate
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A rare reaction from competitive colleagues at the Churchill Club this evening….
I had just presented the first trend, and grabbed the camera for the reaction on stage.
We each suggest trends, and then vote red or green, which usually leads to a lively debate.
I went for a U.S. market trend and a geek trend (and tried not to overlap with last year’s predictions):
Trend #1: Demographics are destiny, creating opportunity. Every 11 seconds, a baby boomer turns 60. This Internet-savvy cohort represents an enormous market of time and money, driving new opportunities in “mental exercise”, online education, and eventually, an “eBay for information” that exceeds the market for physical goods.
Trend #2: Evolution Trumps Design. Many interesting unsolved problems in computer science, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology require the construction of complex systems. Evolutionary algorithms are a powerful alternative to traditional design, blossoming first in neural networks, now in microbial re-engineering, and eventually in AI.
Trend #1: The device that used to be a phone. A mobile phone will turn into a mainstream computer. Beyond email, built in projection screen, and high speed data will make it your virtual credit card, ID (passport), access to new types of presence (IM), payment system, personal information filing system, and much much more.
Trend #2: Fossilizing fossil energy. Oil will have increasing difficulty competing with biofuels made from cheap non-food crops for transportation. Coal will become less competitive compared to reliable solar thermal and enhanced geothermal electricity as both oil and coal’s decline will be aided by higher efficiency engines, cars, lighting, appliances.
Trend #1: The rise of the “Implicit” Internet. Historically, the web delivered most of its value by satisfying explicit user actions – a user entered a search query on Google, a user entered a review on Yelp, a user added their friends on Facebook.
However, as people spend more time online (and perform more of their activities online), they are leaving a trail of “digital breadcrumbs” exposing data about themselves. The result is an immense amount of implicit data on a user. Netflix knows what movies I watch and like. Apple knows what music I purchase and listen to…
However, until now that data has existed in silos. There has been no easy way for me (as a user) to access and benefit from that data. The next big wave of Internet value creation will come to those companies that can deliver value based on the implicit use of these data sources – by taking advantage of these existing data repositories in novel ways.
Trend #2: Venture Capital 2.0. Venture Capital has underwritten most of the transformative software and Internet companies for the last twenty years. However, changing economics (for both startups and venture funds) combined with changing markets, will have a dramatic impact on the venture capital industry.
Trend #1: Water tech will replace global warming as a global priority.
The world is running out of usable water and this will kill millions more people in our lifetime than global warming.
Trend #2: 80% of the world population will carry mobile internet devices within 5-10 years. Mobile internet devices are rapidly becoming THE leading product category.
Trend #1: The mobile device industry’s migration from feature phones to smart phones will produce even greater disruption than what the PC industry experienced as it moved from character-mode to graphical interfaces. It will disrupt the competitive balance, with big market share shifts. Consumers will benefit from greater choice and lower prices.
Trend #2: Within five years, everything that matters to you will be available on a device that fits on your belt or in your purse. This will cause a massive shift in internet traffic from PCs to smaller devices.
.75 credit per seat toward terminal use charges for scheduled departing seats exceeding 85% of pre-Katrina capacity levels for a twelve-month period.
Airlines qualify for a waiver of landing fees for twelve months following the initiation of service to an airport not presently served from New Orleans.
On January 17, 2008; the city’s aviation board voted on an amended incentive program which waives landing fees for the first two airlines to fly nonstop into a city not presently served from the airport. Under the new ruling, landing fees will be waived for up to two airlines flying into an "underserved destination airport." The incentive previously referred to service to a "new destination airport."
The airport is also continuing its incentive to airlines that reach 85% of their pre-Katrina flight frequencies.
 Incentives to passengers
In November 2006, the airport opened a "cell phone lot" at the corner of Airline Drive and Hollandey Street across from the Airport Access Road to allow people picking up arriving passengers to wait until an arriving passenger calls to say they are ready for pickup.
Also, on December 6, 2006 Armstrong International launched an million maintenance campaign to clean and improve the terminal environment. Dubbed Music To Your Eyes, the campaign is designed to transform the airport into a more visitor-friendly facility, with improvements to lighting, cleanliness, seating, baggage claim maintenance, curbside congestion, and designated smoking areas.
 Facilities and aircraft
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport covers an area of 1,500 acres (607 ha) at an elevation of 4 feet (1 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways: 10/28 is 10,104 by 150 feet (3,080 x 46 m) with a concrete surface; 1/19 is 7,001 by 150 feet (2,134 x 46 m) with a concrete surface; 6/24 is 3,570 by 150 feet (1,088 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2007, the airport had 129,228 aircraft operations, an average of 354 per day: 58% scheduled commercial, 21% general aviation and 19% air taxi and 1% military. At that time there were 19 aircraft based at this airport: 21% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 42% jet and 16% helicopter.
 International services
Armstrong International’s Concourse C, located in the airport’s West Terminal, contains a fully enclosed US Customs, Immigration, and FIS facility. The majority of the concourse’s 15 gates offer direct access to this area and are thus capable of accepting foreign arrivals from all over the world, on aircraft as large as Boeing 747-400s.
As of 2009, MSY’s scheduled international nonstop service consists of AeroMexico Connect, offering Embraer Regional Jet service to Mexico City, Mexico.
 Past international services
Before Hurricane Katrina (2005), regularly scheduled international services from Armstong International were provided by Air Canada to Toronto and Grupo TACA to San Pedro Sula in Honduras. Historically, MSY has hosted routes to nearly thirty nonstop international destinations, several of them intercontinental. In the early 1980s, the city was a stop on the British Airways flight between London and Mexico City. The Lockheed L1011 aircraft used for the route landed in New Orleans to pick up passengers and fuel. National Airlines also flew nonstop to Amsterdam from MSY, using DC-10 aircraft. At different times Eastern Air Lines offered nonstop service to Caracas, Venezuela and Panama City, Panama.
Continental Airlines offered flights to Mexico City and Cancun in the 1980s, as did AeroMexico, and TWA offered Mexico City service with McDonnell Douglas MD-80 equipment in the 1990s.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Aviateca, LACSA, TAN/SAHSA and TACA provided service to several Central American destinations. TACA was even headquartered in New Orleans, departing the city in 1982. These carriers are today either bankrupt or a part of Grupo TACA.
Twice weekly seasonal New Orleans to Montego Bay nonstops via the Jamaica Shuttle/Casino Express (typically operated by chartered Boeing 727-200’s or 737-300’s) operated during most of the 1990s and into the 2000s.
Laker Airways operated twice weekly seasonal B727-200 flights between New Orleans and Freeport, Bahamas in the early 2000s.
Vacation Express operated twice weekly seasonal charters between New Orleans and Cancun for several years using a mix of B727-200, B737-200, B737-300, and MD-80 equipment; This service was suspended after the company decided to concentrate on selling seats on scheduled flights instead of chartering aircraft.
All international service into MSY was suspended while the FIS facility was closed post-Katrina. The facility reopened to an influx of chartered flights arriving from London, Manchester, Bournemouth, and Nottingham, UK – all carrying tourists in for Mardi Gras and set to depart aboard a cruise liner.
In May 2006, International Charter and Tours (via the auspices of Miami Air International) announced it would begin [scheduled-basis] charter nonstop flights between New Orleans and the Honduran cities of San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba to cater to the demand of Latin American traffic in the absence of TACA. This service is currently offered on a seasonal basis only.
 Return of scheduled international service
In August 2009, City Skies Air will announce nonstop service linking MSY with Cancun, Mexico as well as Tegucigalpa, Honduras and San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Flights will be operated utilizing Boeing 737 aircraft, and operated via the auspices of Swift Air.
On December 12, 2008, AeroMexico (and its regional subsidiary Aerolitoral) were granted USDOT permission to offer scheduled nonstop service between MSY and Mexico City .
On April 7, 2009, it was announced that AeroMexico will indeed begin offering nonstop service between New Orleans and Mexico City on July 6, 2009. The daily flight will be operated by Aerolitoral dba AeroMexico Connect. There are also ongoing negotiations which may see the carrier add nonstop service to Cancun as well. 
TACA provided summer seasonal charter flights nonstop from MSY to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with continuing service to San Salvador, El Salvador in June 2008. There has thus far been no indication as to when or if that carrier plans to return to MSY on a scheduled basis.