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AirTran Announces MDW-RSW  
User currently offlineMrLineGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 115 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

Build Your Snowman in the Sand With AirTran Airways' New Nonstop Service to Ft.
Myers From Chicago- New Service From Chicago (Midway) Begins December 21 -


ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced the addition of enhanced service to Florida from the Midwest with new nonstop service between Chicago (Midway) International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport. The route will be served on the airline's popular quiet and fuel efficient Boeing 717 aircraft.

Effective December 21, 2006 through April 16, 2007, AirTran Airways continues its Chicago (Midway) expansion with the addition of nonstop service to Ft. Myers. Along with the recently announced routes to West Palm Beach and Miami, the airline will offer flight options to 11 nonstop destinations with 33 daily departures from the Windy City, as of February, 2007.

"Just in time to give customers a break from the grips of the cold Midwest winter, we are offering nonstop service to the warm beaches of Fort Myers from Chicago," said Kevin Healy, AirTran Airways' vice president of planning and scheduling. "With these new flight options, Chicagoans traveling to any of our four nonstop Florida destinations; Miami, West Palm Beach, Sarasota/Bradenton and Orlando, can enjoy the comfort and convenience of easy online booking on http://www.airtran.com/, assigned seating and business class on every flight."

AirTran Airways now offers the following nonstop flight options between Chicago's Midway International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport:

Nonstop Service between Chicago (Midway) and Ft. Myers

From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
Chicago (Midway) Ft. Myers 633 12:11 p.m. 3:46 p.m. Daily

From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
Ft. Myers Chicago (Midway) 636 4:21 p.m. 6:06 p.m. DailyAirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America's largest low- fare airlines with 7,800 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates nearly 700 daily flights to 50 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways' aircraft features the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 and 717- 200 to create America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft and the only airline with Business Class and XM Satellite Radio on every flight. For reservations or more information, visit http://www.airtran.com/ (America Online Keyword: AirTran).

Glad to see AirTran continually expanding at MDW. Another former ATA route...See Press Release Here

Regards,

MrLineGuy


More right rudder...
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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23224 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3899 times:

How much more room for growth does FL have gate-wise at MDW? Certainly, WN won't be giving them any help (though 1 of the 3 CO gates might be a possibility).


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User currently offlineDeltaDAWG From United States of America, joined May 2006, 781 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

How about MDW to the West (LAS, LAX, SFO)! If they can get the gate space and times - go west you AirTran, go west!

Also, go to STL from ATL, MDW & BWI!!!!



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User currently offlineMcofreak From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

Dont you guys think that FL could fly to a much better destination like one that doesnt have 3 WN flights a day????

User currently offlineWDBRR From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 621 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3741 times:

How many gates do they have? can they squeeze 33 flights into 3 gates?

User currently offlineEWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3712 times:

Reply 4, posted Thu Sep 28 2006 13:07:06 UTC+2 and read 28 times:

How many gates do they have? can they squeeze 33 flights into 3 gates?


According to the AirTran website, they operate ouy of 5 gates at Midway, A2, A4A, A4B, A10, and A12. So 33 flights per day means each gate is used between 6 and 7 times per day. I would think they could go up to at least 40 flights per day (8x per gate) without a lot of trouble.


User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3047 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

Great to see Airtran add more flights and destinations out of MDW. It seems the RSW flight will just be seasonal. I'm sure if it does well it will be kept.

Quoting EWRandMDW (Reply 5):
According to the AirTran website, they operate ouy of 5 gates at Midway, A2, A4A, A4B, A10, and A12.

I wonder what moving around the MDW airport authority did. A2 was usually being used by DL and F9 since its one of the common use gates. I think either DL or F9 were moved over to A1 when UA(TED) left earlier this month.

Quoting DeltaDAWG (Reply 2):
Also, go to STL from ATL, MDW & BWI!!!!

Airtran on MDW-STL would be a big no. They would have a hard time against WN since they have 11X daily flights on this route.


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9263 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3634 times:

I wonder which of these markets has the better chance of becomming more or less of a focus city for FL:

MDW
IND
BWI

Any takers? I think all three have equal chance; FL is growing service to all three markets, too...



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User currently offlineMiCorazonAzul From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

From what I hear, there is a big chicago population in the RSW area....not sure if its big enough to support WN AND FL on the route. If nothing else, it will be fun to see both fight it out and of course offer low fares as a result.

User currently offlineEWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3575 times:

Don't forget AA, UA, USA3000, and NK offer 6x daily to RSW from ORD as well!

User currently offlineMiCorazonAzul From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Quoting EWRandMDW (Reply 9):
Don't forget AA, UA, USA3000, and NK offer 6x daily to RSW from ORD as well!

True but I was referring more specifically to RSW-MDW specifically...not to say that RSW-ORD isn't direct competition also. I must say it is rather surprising to see FL enter this market since there is already LOTS of competition. Will be interesting to see what happens.

[Edited 2006-09-28 19:37:31]

User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3522 times:

Good going FL! I hope it works out...


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User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3505 times:

I wonder if MDW operations for FL are profitable overall.

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5198 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3479 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 7):


I wonder which of these markets has the better chance of becomming more or less of a focus city for FL:

MDW
IND
BWI

I would say they ALL are, to one degree or another.



Next up, STL-ATL-MSY-ATL-STL
User currently offlineCallsigncitrus From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3467 times:

Quoting Quickmover (Reply 12):

FL does very good out of midway. theres still talk of making that a mini hub. dont be suprised if you see another 10-15 flights out of there in the next couple of years.


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9263 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3454 times:

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 13):
I would say they ALL are, to one degree or another.



Quoting Callsigncitrus (Reply 14):
FL does very good out of midway. theres still talk of making that a mini hub. dont be suprised if you see another 10-15 flights out of there in the next couple of years.

I am surprised that FL doesn't fly MDW-BWI or LAS, but then again, those are very strong WN routes as well... I suppose they could add MDW-SFO. Not really direct WN competition, as they fly to OAK...

I checked FL's route map to see who all they serve from given destinations, and I saw that they fly PIT-FLL. I thought that service (Saturday only) was dropped. Did it come back er something? I even remember seeing ATL and MCO flights ONLY from PIT...

Is FL still thinking of going international eventually? I am sure that the three markets I mentioned above, MDW, BWI and IND, would be likely gateways in addition to ATL... Any other thoughts?



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23224 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 15):

I am surprised that FL doesn't fly MDW-BWI or LAS, but then again, those are very strong WN routes as well... I suppose they could add MDW-SFO. Not really direct WN competition, as they fly to OAK...

Expansion from MDW seems to be limited, at least so far, to business destinations and Florida, a traditional FL strong point dating back to the Valujet days. Under these criteria, LAS would probably be a no-go, and they'd much prefer DCA to BWI



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16892 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3411 times:

Quoting MiCorazonAzul (Reply 8):
From what I hear, there is a big chicago population in the RSW area....

On the whole the West Coast of Florida has a strong connection to the Mid-West and the East Coast of Florida has a Strong connection to the Northeast (NY, NJ, PA, MA).

Although my Grandparents from NJ lived on the West Coast of Florida, all their retired neighbors were from the Mid-West. Also there are huge populations of Canadians along the Gulf Coast during the Winter, the Maple Leaf is displayed proudly in many towns.

Im hoping Airtran can get some more gates, an operation of somewhere between 55-60 flights per day would be perfect.

New nonstop cities I hope FL can launch from MDW would be:

LGA 5xs daily , LAS 2xs daily, LAX 3xs daily, SFO 2xs daily, ROC 2xs daily, DCA 3xs daily, HPN 3xs daily, PHL 4xs daily, FLL 2xs daily.



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User currently offlineEWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3380 times:

I've flown FL several times and I don't get the attraction. Compared to WN the legroom is miserable and that's really important to me. For me, access to their entertainment system isn't enough of an attraction to risk damaging my knees. Can someone please enlighten me what's so great about FL???

User currently offlineJerion From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3349 times:

Business class, friendly crew members (in my experience anyway), and they fly nonstop for cheap from MSP to MDW.

I wasn't not a fan of AirTran after the ValuJet merger. I had a few bad experiences in ATL and BDL (back when they served BDL). Since I've moved to MSP and they fly nonstop to MDW, I've given then a second chance and I'm glad I did. I enjoy my trips w/ AirTran. I am 5' 11" and don't find the seats to be all that bad in the back.

Quoting EWRandMDW (Reply 18):
I've flown FL several times and I don't get the attraction. Compared to WN the legroom is miserable and that's really important to me. For me, access to their entertainment system isn't enough of an attraction to risk damaging my knees. Can someone please enlighten me what's so great about FL???



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9263 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 17):
New nonstop cities I hope FL can launch from MDW would be:

LGA 5xs daily , LAS 2xs daily, LAX 3xs daily, SFO 2xs daily, ROC 2xs daily, DCA 3xs daily, HPN 3xs daily, PHL 4xs daily, FLL 2xs daily.

Hmmmm, someone stated that LAS might be a no-go (I brought that one up as well). MDW-PHL would go head2head with WN. Not sure about ROC.

DCA, HPN, FLL, and SFO, though, I think might work out for them...



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23224 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3244 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 20):
DCA, HPN, FLL, and SFO, though, I think might work out for them...

Didn't FL apply for slots to serve MDW-DCA and lose out because they applied under the program for small markets?



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User currently offlineCallsigncitrus From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

Quoting EWRandMDW (Reply 18):

I would say businesss class is the main thing. I mean for only 35 dollars!! try to go to another airline and do that. It is pretty nice especially since they have done them all in leather. FL also offers an xfare program for kids 18-22 for 60 dollars so it is great for college kids who commute. I am 6'3 and have had plenty of comfortable rides in coach. Another thing: assigned seating. Southwest is a great airline, but i love to pick my own seat=-) Also cant beat their fares. Theres alot of 84 dollar fares out there right now. Sorry for the rambling, but those are just a few reasons.


User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3463 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

Highly doubt FL would try MDW-PHL. They already abandoned the seasonal PHL-RSW/PBI routes after WN came in and now WN has something like 7 flts a day MDW-PHL.

User currently offlineEWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 3077 times:

I concede that FL has a business class (what, about 12-16 seats?) and assigned seating. I'm sure that means a lot to many travellers. That doesn't really help me much because I do a lot of business travel and usually have less than 1 week's notice of an upcoming trip. By then most or all of the "good" seats (aisle on left side in my case) are taken and business class is full. And if I were to take FL where most of my business trips go (SF area and Philly/Central NJ) I would have to go through ATL and doing that on top of very uncomfortable seating (my knees are a surgical wasteland) would be much too cruel!

25 B757capt : Just give us sometime. You won't always have to go through ATL to the west coast on us. Actually we are using A3 (unless ATA has an international fli
26 Csturdiv : I hate going down to MDW, but I might do this now with FL now serving RSW, just to fly the B717. My parents have a place in Napels, and have been taki
27 Quickmover : Like what?
28 CentPIT : As far as I know the service (PIT-FLL) is no longer operated!
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