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Interesting Comments From AirTran's VP About SRQ  
User currently offlineOceanic From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 140 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

This was in today's Wichita Eagle:

Low-fare carrier AirTran Airways inaugurated daily nonstop service from Florida's Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to Atlanta and Baltimore last week, and airline officials are already talking expansion.

Bookings by business travelers have been surprisingly high, Kevin Healy, AirTran's vice president for planning and sales, said.

Business travelers are a good indicator of the economic impact the carrier will have in the area, he said.

"The assumption that it was a leisure market was not necessarily accurate," Healy said. "We're off to a fantastic start."

Daily service to Chicago is to begin Jan. 11.


Sounds like good news to me!

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User currently offlineBlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1920 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

good to hear. may the stock price rise high.

George



They're not handing trophies out today
User currently offlineB777ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

That same assumption is made about DAB. I wish just 1 LCC would come here and give it a shot...I bet they would be happily surprised.

User currently online727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6561 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Looks like the MDW service won't be starting.  Sad





By the way,


why would SRQ service be in the Witchita Eagle???

[Edited 2004-12-24 00:11:28]


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

probably an AP story.

SRQ is probably one of the few (if any) non-leisure airports in the state...a ton of big businessmen live in SRQ and travel to meet clients. Very wealthy area.


User currently offlineOceanic From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 140 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

why would SRQ service be in the Witchita Eagle???

I thought it was odd, but interesting none the less.

I still have my doubts that they will ax the MDW service, there is no official press report on it, and I read before the bid was made that they would operate the new MDW flights regardless of the outcome of the bid


User currently offlineAirStatDFW From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

If you try to purchase a FL flight from MDW- to any Flordia dest except MCO you have to connect in ATL.

User currently offlineOceanic From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 140 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

I just did a search, and a non-stop MDW-SRQ came up

Coach $99.00*
Biz Class $249.00*

Thu, 24 Feb 05
  Flight 846
 
2:15 pm
depart
Chicago, IL - Midway (MDW)

5:50 pm
arrive
Sarasota/Bradenton, FL (SRQ)


User currently offlineCmhsrq From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 995 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

I just checked the AirTran site. 17th Feb has 3 flights to ATL, 1 to MDW and 1 to BWI. So it looks like they are adding an additional flight to ATL as well.


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