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AirTran Announces ATL-CHS  
User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1609 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

Historic Charleston, S.C. Is AirTran Airways' Newest Destination


- Airline Chooses City as Its Next Stop After an Overwhelming Response to Traveler Survey -


ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced plans to begin service to Charleston, S.C. Effective May 24, 2007, the fast-growing low-fare carrier will offer two round-trip nonstop flights between Charleston International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with the addition of two more round-trip flights on June 7, 2007. With these new flights, AirTran Airways will bring much-needed low fare service to one of the highest-fare markets in the country. The route will be served by AirTran Airways' popular Boeing 717-200 aircraft, which seats 117 passengers (12 Business Class and 105 in coach).

The airline decided to add new service to Charleston after an overwhelming response to its recent online survey asking consumers, "Where do you want low fares next?" A few months ago, AirTran Airways dedicated a portion of its Web site to the survey, where consumers could log on and vote for the airline's next destination. While the airline announced Phoenix, Ariz., as the number one pick from that survey, Charleston was clearly among the top cities in the race to be the next stop on the low-cost carrier's route map. Charleston is AirTran Airways' 55th destination.

"AirTran Airways is committed to offering quality service based on the feedback of our customers," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways. "When we saw an overwhelming request for service to Charleston, we felt it was a pretty easy decision to make it one of our next new destinations. We are excited to bring AirTran Airways' service to travelers here in Charleston, offering them access to low fares and high-value amenities including Business Class on every flight and free XM Satellite Radio at every seat, as well as the youngest all-Boeing fleet in America."

"We are pleased that AirTran Airways has seen the tremendous opportunity of adding Charleston, S.C., to the growing network of communities that it serves," said Bobby Harrell, R-S.C., speaker of the house. "AirTran Airways will be a vital component of the region's future tourism and economic development programs."


David Jennings, Chairman of the Charleston County Aviation Authority added, "Charleston is a first class community, and AirTran is a first class airline. We are delighted to be working together."

The following nonstop flights between Charleston and Atlanta will begin May 24, 2007, unless otherwise indicated:

Nonstop Service Between Charleston and Atlanta

From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency

Atlanta Charleston 886 2:30 p.m. 3:40 p.m. Daily

Atlanta Charleston 882 10:50 p.m. 11:59 p.m. Daily

Charleston* Atlanta 883 6:10 a.m. 7:25 a.m. Daily

Charleston Atlanta 887 4:10 p.m. 5:25 p.m. Daily

* Service begins May 25.


The following nonstop flights between Charleston and Atlanta will be available beginning June 7, unless otherwise indicated:

Nonstop Service Between Charleston and Atlanta

From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency

Atlanta Charleston 884 9:10 a.m. 10:20 a.m. Daily

Atlanta Charleston 880 5:25 p.m. 6:35 p.m. Daily

Charleston Atlanta 885 10:50 a.m. 12:05 p.m. Daily

Charleston Atlanta 881 7:10 p.m. 8:25 p.m. Daily


Following is a sample of fares* AirTran Airways will offer for its new flights to/from Charleston. Travel on introductory fares must be booked by March 15, 2007, for travel through June 13, 2007. Fares listed are one way, available daily and are valid in either direction:


Destination Introductory Lowest Walk- Lowest Business

Fare up Class

Atlanta $59 $179 $219


AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America's largest low-fare airlines with more than 8,000 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates more than 700 daily flights to 55 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).

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User currently offlineDeltaDAWG From United States of America, joined May 2006, 782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2806 times:

Long expected. I just hope it works for them as CHS has long been either ignored by LCC's and/or dissapointed when a LCC either pulls out or dies on the vine (aka FlyI). Should work for FL though as they will be seen as an alternative to DL & US who have long held a grip ont the market.

Congrats to the city of Charleston (where I am going to retire - or at least nearby Isle of Palm) and AirTran.



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User currently offlineFloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2759 times:

Quoting DeltaDAWG (Reply 1):
Should work for FL though as they will be seen as an alternative to DL & US who have long held a grip ont the market.

Exactly. I see this as being a very potentially profitable route, especially on connections to and from the west coast.



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User currently offlineDeltaDAWG From United States of America, joined May 2006, 782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

I could really see them sticking it both DL & US by doing a roundtrip with a couple of a/c:

ATL-CHS-CLT-ATL
ATL-CLT-CHS-ATL

I would think it could put some serious pressure on both legacies to respond. Just a thought.



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User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

Quoting DeltaDAWG (Reply 3):
I could really see them sticking it both DL & US by doing a roundtrip with a couple of a/c:

ATL-CHS-CLT-ATL
ATL-CLT-CHS-ATL

I would think it could put some serious pressure on both legacies to respond. Just a thought.

What would be the sense in that? "Just sticking it to Delta and US" or what?


User currently offlineWarowl40 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

Finally. All of my family lives in Charleston, so taking four kids to visit their grandparents has always cost a small fortune from IAH. Does anyone think that the other carriers will lower their fares as a result?

User currently offlineDeltaDAWG From United States of America, joined May 2006, 782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 4):
What would be the sense in that? "Just sticking it to Delta and US" or what?

No, to take their customers! DL & US basically have a monopoly in CHS today and have for quite some time. People in CHS consistently drive to MYR and SAV in order to get better fares. Offering destinations to cities that folks in CHS travel to consistenly could drive some to move over to FL instead of DL and US.



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User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

If you actually believe that FL would achieve that with a triangle flight...

[Edited 2007-02-23 17:08:44]

User currently offlineDeltaDAWG From United States of America, joined May 2006, 782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 7):
If you actually believe that FL would achieve that with a triangle flight...

They already run ATL-CLT and CLT-ATL, why couldn't they add on the CHS-ATL & CHS-CLT?



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User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

Quoting DeltaDAWG (Reply 6):
DL & US basically have a monopoly in CHS today and have for quite some time

You are right about that and you could say the same thing for many east coast cities. Not all of them are as big as CHS, but I think FL has alot of opportunity in cities like CHS. At some point, FL should consider the q400 prop for use in these smaller cities on the eastern seaboard. F9 is going that route for the mountain towns here in Colorado. The east coast, being so densely filled with this type of market, would be a great place for a low cost regional prop subsidiary.


User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4296 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

Quoting Quickmover (Reply 9):
You are right about that and you could say the same thing for many east coast cities. Not all of them are as big as CHS, but I think FL has alot of opportunity in cities like CHS. At some point, FL should consider the q400 prop for use in these smaller cities on the eastern seaboard. F9 is going that route for the mountain towns here in Colorado. The east coast, being so densely filled with this type of market, would be a great place for a low cost regional prop subsidiary.

I find it most interesting that FL pulls out of MYR but then adds CHS, a scant 90 miles down the road. No doubt that Charleston is a city - and a much lovlier one at that- than Myrtle Beach, but what makes them think it will work at CHS when it didn't at MYR? Is MYR much more seasonal (I'm guessing 'yes')?

At the risk of sounding like my buddy OttoPylt, does anybody know of any subsidies given to FL by CHS? I'm not knocking AirTran, I'm just wondering....



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User currently offlineDeltaDAWG From United States of America, joined May 2006, 782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Quoting Richierich (Reply 10):
I find it most interesting that FL pulls out of MYR but then adds CHS, a scant 90 miles down the road. No doubt that Charleston is a city - and a much lovlier one at that- than Myrtle Beach, but what makes them think it will work at CHS when it didn't at MYR? Is MYR much more seasonal (I'm guessing 'yes')?

MYR has always been seasonal with FL. I am sure they will start it up again in several months. I believe they typically run 3-4 flights a day into MYR during the spring/summer and fall. However, CHS has a lot more industry, shipping, paper and chemical. There is a business clientele there as well. CHS represents a lot more opportunity and lower fruit to pick in my opinion.



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User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Quoting Richierich (Reply 10):
but what makes them think it will work at CHS when it didn't at MYR? Is MYR much more seasonal (I'm guessing 'yes')?

I believe it is less seasonal. MYR is a pretty big golf community and I think it slows down alot out of season.

Is CHS a bigger market in general?


User currently offlineKchs29418 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Welcome to Charleston SC AirTran.

I am one of the thousands of local residents who routinely drove to SAV (2.5 hrs) and MYR (1.5 hrs) to get an affordable airfare to other cities over the last few years (except when Independence Air was here). The airfare out of CHS with no LCC in the mix were astronomical. There were no "deals" to be had even 21 or more days out. Delta and USAirways did indeed have a monopoly at CHS and the prices reflected it.

According to www.flightstats.com this morning, fares into and out of Charleston have suddenly taken a nosedive and are comparable to SAV fares. A little competition in the airline biz certainly goes a long way towards adjusting the local economic picture. And frees us from having to drive to SAV and MYR.

The local frequent-flyer with an allegiance to one legacy carrier or another will certainly patronize they're particular airline and not think twice about it but I would hope that they would reflect on what would happen if FL decided down the road to pull out of the market (like they did in MYR). Both Delta and US Airways have had intense marketing programs in-place here for years and they're membership rosters probably reflect that. BUT, there are enough of us here (plus friends and relatives from far and wide) who will give our business to Air Tran just for the principle of it.

Time will tell how FL is doing in CHS. I forecast it as one of they're more profitable routes. It worked in RIC, PHF and DAB. It will work here.


User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

Quoting DeltaDAWG (Reply 11):
MYR has always been seasonal with FL. I am sure they will start it up again in several months. I believe they typically run 3-4 flights a day into MYR during the spring/summer and fall. However, CHS has a lot more industry, shipping, paper and chemical. There is a business clientele there as well. CHS represents a lot more opportunity and lower fruit to pick in my opinion.

IIRC, airTran announced they were not coming back to MYR this year. Apparently, the subsidies did run out. I would also like to know what subsidies CHS gave FL to start service there. If it wasn't for the subisidy issue, I'd love FL totally, just for keeping DL honest in ATL. That alone is worth a ton of respect. We've had US here in PIT for years and it has only taken dehubbing of the city to get LCCs to come in here. It always used to cost around $640 roundtrip for three people from PITRSW in the late 80s-early 90s. That's a ripoff, even with the service provided. You had to book six months in advance, and even then that was just to get a seat. I love USAir and US Airways, but where is the lowest fare? Sorry for the rant, and congrats CHS! You deserve LCC competition.



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User currently offlineSuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 824 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months ago) and read 2087 times:

Dang it, I was really hoping that FWA would be their new destination. Ohh well, congrats Charleston. I checked the Airtran site and it looks like the other city added was SAN. Was this announced at the same time, or has this already been announced? Is there any hope for FWA?


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