Hurricane Gustav approaches USA coast . . .

FlightAware NOAA Gulfstream IV flight into Gustav

FlightAware MacDill AFB NOAA arrivals and departures.

Projected path of Hurricane Gustav

Current track of Hurricane Gustav

Satellite photo of Hurricane Gustav

Any word on when the airports (MSY,GPT…) will shut down? I looked just a little while ago and from all signs everything look normal? I can’t believe that airlines are going to wait until the last moment to get their people out…UNDERSTANDING that they are doing all they can to help get people out in general. God bless everyone in the area, you are in my prayers.

“We’re from the government and we’re here to help!”

MSY Ceased all sched service.

Center of page.

Southwest’s press release on MSY and JAN service:

Southwest Airlines Ceases Operations in New Orleans in Wake of Hurricane Gustav
Date: 8/31/2008 8:26:00 PM

Southwest Also Closely Monitoring Storm’s Path for Effect On Other Airports
DALLAS, Aug 31, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ – Southwest Airlines said today that it will cease operations to and from New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport after 5:30 p.m. Central Time today as a result of expected severe weather from Hurricane Gustav. The airline does not expect to operate on Monday, Sept. 1, or Tuesday, Sept. 2. Southwest plans to resume service to and from New Orleans on Wednesday, Sept. 3, but that will depend upon the availability of airport security personnel, facilities, and services.
Southwest strongly encourages travelers to contact Southwest Reservations at (800) 435-9792 or look for updated travel advisories at: … l?ref=wthr before checking in or proceeding to the airport.
Southwest Airlines Customers holding reservations for travel to and from New Orleans from Noon Central Time on Friday, Aug. 29, through the close of business Wednesday, Sept. 3, may choose to alter their travel plans and rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.
Additionally, Customers holding reservations for a flight that is cancelled to and from New Orleans may request a refund for any unused ticket/travel itinerary.
Southwest also is issuing a weather travel advisory for Customers traveling to and from Jackson, Miss. Depending on the storm’s path, flight service could be disrupted. Flights to and from Jackson currently are operating normally, but possible disruptions could occur Monday, Sept. 1, and Tuesday, Sept. 2. Again, Customers are advised to check status online at or by calling (800) 435-9792.