AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI), today launched new daily nonstop service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the airline`s 44th airport served. Operation commenced with 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 to West Palm Beach will begin on December 4, 2003.
“With our everyday low fares, caring customer service and convenient schedule, we are confident that AirTran Airways will become the low-fare carrier of choice among discerning business and leisure travelers to and from the nation`s capital,” said Robert Fornaro, AirTran Airways president and chief operating officer.
To commemorate today`s inaugural flights, AirTran Airways held a press conference at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority president and CEO James E. Bennett addressed the media. In addition, former Washington Redskins All-Pro defensive end Charles Mann and executive director of USA Football Dave Ogrean were on hand to announce AirTran Airways` new partnership with Tackle Reading, a program supported by the National Football League (NFL). USA Football is the not-for-profit arm of the NFL.
“Every year, more than 30 million passengers travel to the metropolitan Washington area, so we are pleased that visitors and residents can now have a new option for low fares and flight schedules,” stated Bennett.
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 operating 508 flights a day to 45 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 188 flights per day. AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings (NYSE:AAI), is the world`s largest operator of the Boeing 717 and has the youngest all-Boeing fleet of any airline. In 2004, the airline will begin taking delivery of new Boeing 737-700s. For reservations or more information, visit airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran).
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. Seven-day advance purchase may be required. Tickets must be purchased by October 26, 2003. Travel must be completed by February 13, 2004. Fares not valid on Sunday. Service to/from Washington Reagan National begins October 23, 2003. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Blackout dates are as follows: November 21, 25, 26, 29, 30; December 1, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 2003; and January 2, 3 and 4, 2004. 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. The September 11th security fee of up to $10 is not included.