Airtran To Begin Service To The Motor City!

fly clt

Mar 3, 2004
wonder how this will effect traffic at Flint?

Press Release Source: AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways Rolls into the Motor City with New Service to Detroit
Thursday August 4, 5:30 am ET
Daily Nonstop Service to/from Atlanta and Orlando Beginning November 8, 2005

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI - News), today announced the airline will commence new daily nonstop service from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Orlando International Airport beginning November 8, 2005. Service to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport will also be added from Detroit starting February 15, 2006. These new routes will be served by the airline's popular Boeing 717 aircraft with 12 Business Class and 105 coach seats.
"We are thrilled to bring high-quality, low-fare service to travelers in the Detroit area starting this November," said Kevin Healy, AirTran Airways' vice president of planning and scheduling. "Detroit Metro will be our 48th city and a very strong addition to our route network. Detroit is the largest market in the country we do not serve directly. We've worked closely with the Wayne County Airport Authority and business leaders in the area to bring AirTran Airways and America's youngest all-Boeing fleet to the Motor City."

"We are very excited to have AirTran Airways entering Detroit Metropolitan Airport with service to multiple destinations," said Lester Robinson, CEO Wayne County Airport Authority. "The addition of low-fare service in Detroit has been a priority of our Board and provides our customers with more choices when they travel."

AirTran Airways will offer the following new daily nonstop flight options to/from Detroit starting November 8, 2005:

Nonstop Service from Detroit

To Departs Arrives Frequency
Atlanta 6:40 a.m. 8:40 a.m. Daily
Atlanta 11:55 p.m. 1:55 p.m. Daily
Atlanta 2:10 p.m. 4:10 p.m. Daily**
Atlanta 5:50 p.m. 7:50 p.m. Daily
Orlando 2:10 p.m. 4:50 p.m. Daily
Sarasota 3:35 p.m. 6:25 p.m. Daily*

*Service to Sarasota begins February 15, 2006
**Additional Atlanta flight begins December 6, 2005

Nonstop Service to Detroit

From Departs Arrives Frequency
Atlanta 9:20 a.m. 11:20 a.m. Daily
Atlanta 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Daily
Atlanta 3:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. Daily**
Atlanta 9:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. Daily
Orlando 2:35 p.m. 5:15 p.m. Daily
Sarasota 12:10 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Daily*

*Service to Sarasota begins February 15, 2006
**Additional Atlanta flight begins December 6, 2005

Listed below are sample one-way fares (valid in either direction) to/from

Destination Lowest Coach Class Lowest Walk-up Business Class
Atlanta $79 $219 $254
Orlando $84 $130 $299

AirTran Airways, one of America's largest low-fare airlines with 6,400 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates over 500 daily flights to 48 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways recently added the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 aircraft to create America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft. For reservations or more information, visit (America Online Keyword: AirTran).

All fares are one-way. All fares are non-refundable and a $50 fee per person applies to any change made after purchase plus any applicable increase in airfare. Lowest coach class tickets must be purchased by August 16, 2005. Travel must be completed by December 20, 2005. Seats are limited, subject to availability and may not be available on all flights. Blackout dates are as follows: November 22, 23, 26, 27 and 28, 2005. Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include per-segment tax of $3.20. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. The September 11th security fee of up to $10 is not included. Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18 are not included.

Media Contacts: Tad Hutcheson
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Judy Graham-Weaver
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Source: AirTran Airways
fly clt said:
wonder how this will effect traffic at Flint?

This seems strangely similar to AirTran starting service in RIC...just down the road from a big oiperation at PHF.
Hey guys, about a year ago I heard a rumor that airtran would start serving SJU. Is that still in the burner or it went out the window. If marketed correctly, SJU is a great market.