Travel Alert: Hurricane Gustav

The approach of Hurricane Gustav is affecting trains and flights to and through the Gulf Coast region. Many airports in the path of the storm will have suspended or limited service on Monday, including Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans and Mobile Downtown Airport in Mobile, AL, both of which are closed indefinitely. Delays and cancellations may affect flights unconnected with the storm-affected areas, so it is recommended that travelers contact their airline before going to the airport. Most airlines will be allowing ticket changes with no penalties for those whose flights are cancelled because of the storm.

For train passengers, Amtrak has suspended all train service terminating or originating in New Orleans. The Atlanta-New Orleans route of the Southern Crescent and the San Antonio-New Orleans route of the Sunset Limited will not run through at least Thursday, and the entire length of the Chicago-New Orleans City of New Orleans will be shut down on Monday.

Those traveling by bus or passenger vehicle are urged to watch or read news coverage or contact the state police in each state for road conditions and weather information before traveling.

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