ORLANDO, Fla.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 19, 2003—AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI), today announced its schedules and fares for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after having been awarded slots by the Federal Aviation Administration late on Thursday, August 14, 2003. The close-in Washington airport will be the airline`s 44th airport served and its fourth city opening this year.
The airline will launch three daily nonstop flights between Washington and its Atlanta hub, and one daily nonstop flight between Washington and both Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers. Service begins October 23, 2003, and tickets are now available for purchase at http://www.airtran.com.
“For the past few years, AirTran Airways has encouraged the federal government to expand low-fare competition at Reagan Washington National Airport,” said Joe Leonard, chairman and chief executive officer. “We are very confident travelers to and from our nation`s capital will embrace our low fares and caring customer service.”
“AirTran Airways will bring much needed low-fare competition to this last bastion of high air fares in the Washington metropolitan area,” stated Robert L. Fornaro, president and chief operating officer. “We are appreciative of all the efforts of the many people who made this announcement possible including Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, FAA administrator Marion Blakey, and all the hard working people at the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation.”
All flights to/from Washington will operate using new Boeing 717 aircraft, the most modern, quiet and environmentally friendly aircraft flying today with such features as 100 percent fresh air circulated throughout the cabin and EasyFit overhead bins.
In addition to this new service at Reagan National Airport, AirTran Airways also serves the other major Washington, D.C., airports - Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia and Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Maryland.
AirTran Airways is one of America`s largest low-fare airlines - employing more than 5,600 professional Crew Members and serving 492 flights a day to 43 destinations. The airline`s hub is at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, the world`s busiest airport (by passenger volume), where it is the second largest carrier operating 189 flights a day. The airline never requires a roundtrip purchase or Saturday night stay, and offers an affordable Business Class, assigned seating, easy online booking and check-in, the A-Plus Rewards frequent flier program, and the A2B corporate travel program. AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., (NYSE:AAI), is the world`s largest operator of the Boeing 717, the most modern, environmentally friendly aircraft in its class. In 2004, the company will begin taking delivery of 100 Boeing 737-700s, one of the most popular and reliable jet aircraft in its class. For more information and reservations, visit airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran), call AirTran Airways at 800-AIRTRAN (800-247-8726) or 770-994-8258 (in Atlanta) or your travel agent.
Rules and Restrictions: 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 leisure fare requires a 14-day advance purchase. Travel to/from Washington, D.C, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport begins October 23, 2003. Tickets must be purchased by August 24, 2003, and all travel must be completed by December 18, 2003. Travel for lowest leisure fares not valid on Fridays or Sundays. Blackout dates are as follows: November 21, 22, 25, 26, 29, 30 and December 1, 2003. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include per-segment tax of $3. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18 are not included. (C)AirTran Airways 2003