ATA Connection Surpasses Record

INDIANAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 22, 2003—ATA Connection (operated by Chicago Express Airlines, Inc.), a wholly owned subsidiary of ATA Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq:ATAH), reached a new operational standard, setting a monthly record for enplaned passengers. The regional airline reported today that it carried more than 100,000 passengers during the month of June, surpassing its previous record set in October 2002 (90,000 enplaned passengers).
“With so many other options available, we`re pleased that customers continue to be dedicated to the service we provide,” said Gary Marsh, President of ATA Connection. “ATA Connection looks forward to continuing this strong level of growth, and eagerly anticipates breaking this record once again in the near future.”
The 100,000th passenger for ATA Connection enplaned at Dayton International Airport on June 29, 2003.
Earlier this year, ATA Connection received The “Diamond Award,” a bestowal signifying excellence in aircraft maintenance. A recipient four years in a row, ATA Connection was honored for the level of advanced training provided to aircraft maintenance professionals beyond the compulsory Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) training requirements.
ATA Connection provides regional airline service between Chicago-Midway and 13 Midwestern cities, including Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; Flint, Mich.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Indianapolis; Lexington, Ky.; Madison, Wis.; Milwaukee; Moline, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; South Bend, Ind.; and Toledo, Ohio. From Chicago, passengers can continue travel on ATA Airlines to over 30 international and domestic destinations.
Now celebrating its 30th year of operation, ATA is the nation`s 10th largest passenger carrier based on revenue passenger miles. ATA operates significant scheduled service from Chicago-Midway and Indianapolis to over 40 business and vacation destinations. To learn more about the Company, visit the Web site at