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Hurricane Irene Will 'Impact' Quarter: CEO JetBlue

Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 1:22 PM ET

There is no question that Hurricane Irene will have an impact on quarterly results, Dave Berger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways, told CNBC Monday.

A young couple from Germany rest on a cot at LaGuardia Airport August 29, 2011 in New York.
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A young couple from Germany rest on a cot at LaGuardia Airport August 29, 2011 in New York.

JetBlue cancelled 1,252 flights due to Hurricane Irene.

"There's no doubt there was a revenue impact. In fact it's probably in the mid-teens in terms of the millions of dollars," Berger said.

"We kind of had this hockey stick, right, from the Caribbean across New York into Boston along our route system," he added.

With so much of JetBlue's operation based along the east coast, the company had to "reposition over fifty aircraft's out of harms way," Berger said.

JetBlue will resume flights starting midafternoon Monday, and will be back to full schedule on Tuesday.

Irene's Cost to Airlines
David Barger, JetBlue Airways CEO with the latest details on the impact Irene had on the airline sector.

The main issue is having mass transit availability in New York and Boston, he said. "Let's face it, that's how customers get to work, but more importantly that's how crew members get to work, too."


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