PlaneGuy27 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 313 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4224 times:
Source: AirTran Airways
Mission Accomplished: AirTran Airways Announces New Service in San Antonio
Monday February 25, 12:00 pm ET
- Airline Asks Residents to Remember Its Flights and Low Fares in the 'Alamo City' -
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI - News), today announced plans to begin service to San Antonio, Texas on June 11, 2008. With San Antonio as the airline's 58th destination, the expanding low-fare carrier will offer four roundtrip nonstop flights between San Antonio International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The route will be served by AirTran Airways' popular Boeing 717-200 aircraft, which seats 117 passengers (12 in Business Class and 105 in coach).
"AirTran Airways' mission is to bring down fares. We want to give residents the opportunity to travel, while simultaneously encouraging tourists to visit the historic Alamo and the River Walk in San Antonio," said Kevin Healy, senior vice president of marketing and planning for AirTran Airways. "We're excited to provide San Antonio's business and leisure travelers access to popular destinations across the country as well as the opportunity to fly America's youngest all-Boeing fleet."
"This is tremendous news for air travelers in San Antonio," said Mark Webb, aviation department director for San Antonio International Airport. "AirTran Airways has an impeccable record when it comes to customer service and on-time operations, and they're going to be bringing the low-cost model to one of the most popular destinations in the San Antonio market, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport."
In addition to the nonstop flights, AirTran Airways connects to 46 destinations through Atlanta, including attractive flights for the business traveler to New York, Washington D.C. and Boston. AirTran Airways also offers connections to popular vacation destinations such as Orlando, Tampa and San Juan.
The following nonstop flights between San Antonio and Atlanta will be available beginning June 11, 2008, unless otherwise indicated:
Nonstop Service from San Antonio to Atlanta
From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
San Antonio Atlanta 658* 6:30 a.m. 9:55 a.m. Daily
San Antonio Atlanta 654 12:20 p.m. 3:45 p.m. Daily
San Antonio Atlanta 652** 2:35 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Daily
San Antonio Atlanta 650 5:10 p.m. 8:35 p.m. Daily
* Effective June 12, 2008.
** Effective July 9, 2008.
Nonstop Service from Atlanta to San Antonio
From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
Atlanta San Antonio 657 10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Daily
Atlanta San Antonio 653** 12:45 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Daily
Atlanta San Antonio 651 3:20 p.m. 4:35 p.m. Daily
Atlanta San Antonio 647 9:20 p.m. 10:35 p.m. Daily
** Effective July 9, 2008.
Following is a sample of fares* AirTran Airways will offer for its new flights to/from San Antonio. Travel on introductory fares must be booked by April 14, 2008, for travel through July 9, 2008. Fares listed are one way, available daily and are valid in either direction:
Destination Introductory Lowest Walk- Lowest Business
Fare up Class
Atlanta $79 $239 $349
AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company, offers more than 700 affordable, daily flights to 58 U.S. destinations. With 8,900 friendly Crew Members and America's youngest all-Boeing fleet, AirTran Airways provides XM Satellite Radio and Business Class seating on every flight. For more information and free online booking, visit http://www.airtran.com.
* All fares are one-way. Introductory sale fare and lowest walk-up fare are non-refundable, and a $75 fee per person applies to any change made after purchase plus any applicable increase in airfare. Reservations may be obtained or changed through an AirTran Airways Telephone Reservations Center for an additional $10.00 per person. Introductory sale fares must be purchased by April 14, 2008. Travel must be completed by July 9, 2008. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include per- segment tax of $3.50. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. The September 11th security fee of up to $10 is not included. Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18 are not included.
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CitrusCritter From Palau, joined May 2007, 1072 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4053 times:
I'm kind of surprised by this given the gate limitations we hear about at at ATL. I was expecting another destination to be served out of BWI such as SYR. If they're going with some Texas cities, can I get ELP on the menu please?
RL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4537 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3740 times:
Worked out quite well with their VP who was in SAT today speaking at an air service conference. His presentation went, we serve 57.... wait make that 58 cities... as the power point slide drew a line from ATL-SAT.
Im looking forward to low fares to SAT because i'll definatley want to come back.
Experience is what you get when what you thought would work out didn't!
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 21244 posts, RR: 19 Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3651 times:
Quoting SANFan (Reply 3): Maybe MKE, IND, and/or MCO will be next?
FL doesn't do a whole lot of Florida flying from west of, say, St. Louis. With WN already flying to TPA, MCO, and BWI, FL's expansion prospects, at least to the 'usual suspects,' will be somewhat limited. Nevertheless, SAT is a fairly large and comparatively underserved city (as compared to Dallas, Houston, and even Austin), so I think SAT-ATL should do well.
Quoting SANFan (Reply 3): Extra special bonus I noticed in this FL announcement: nothing was said about "seasonal" service! (Maybe they've finally realized they shouldn't automatically label most new markets as "seasonal"
ATL flights are largely immune from the 'seasonal bug.'
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
Pensacolaguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 535 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3612 times:
Congratulations to SAT! Anyone know which terminal FL will use? Terminal 1 or 2. Delta currently flies 8x daily between SAT and ATL. And I'm sure FL will manage to steal some of their market share. I checked for fun the airfare between PNS and SAT and I received $320 RT on FL. The cheapest out of all the airlines. (DL was $571 RT)
What do the O & D #'s look like from SAT to a Airtran served city? Ex..SAT>CLT,DCA,BOS,TPA...
AWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1419 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3607 times:
So what gate? Unless they split Gate 2 with F9/YX/MX/AM, there aren't any gates available. Then again, I never understood why DL has three gates at SAT...maybe they'll give up one to FL (insert laughter here).
FWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3175 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3507 times:
Quoting MKE22 (Reply 10): Well thats FL's 2nd new city this year (not counting SJU) already. I have heard they may add 2-3 more.
Here's hoping that FWA is one of them... not only have I heard the rumor for eons, we were in the top 5 cities in an FL poll back in late 2006, FWA is offering a great incentive package, and they'll give the widget some much-needed competition on ATL flights. And the IND cross-cannibalization would be minimal, especially if they offered BWI service, where there is no competition from WN like at IND (or virtually anyone else at FWA for that matter). FWA has wanted DC-area service for eons, even moreso than NYC-area service, and BWI on AirTran would fit the bill perfectly...
Maybe 2x daily ATL/BWI and daily MCO on 717s would be a good start...
SANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 4721 posts, RR: 15 Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3250 times:
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 7): ATL flights are largely immune from the 'seasonal bug.
From 2007 FL Press Release: "ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI), today announced plans to begin seasonal service at San Diego International Airport (SAN). Starting May 24, 2007, the growing low-fare carrier will connect what San Diegans claim is "America's Finest City" to another world-class location, Atlanta."
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 7): FL doesn't do a whole lot of Florida flying from west of, say, St. Louis
From another 2007 FL Press Release: "ORLANDO, Fla., March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), announced today that it will expand its service from Orlando International Airport by adding new flights to San Diego, Calif., one of its recently announced new destinations, effective June 29, 2007."
Sorry Cubbie, you fell right into my evil trap!
But seriously, I can't as easily find other examples (especially of the "seasonal" thing, except that the SEA station is completely seasonal -- with good reason of course) but my own city provided a fairly good basis for my remarks: ATL certainly shouldn't be seasonal to anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line (as extended to the Pacific Coast) and that's why I was so knocked over when they announced San Diego as they did!
Epilogue: SAN-ATL did NOT turn out to be a seasonal route after all, of course, and SAN-MCO is ending next month...
N200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 783 posts, RR: 7 Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3032 times:
Quoting PlaneGuy27 (Thread starter): Mission Accomplished: AirTran Airways Announces New Service in San Antonio
Monday February 25, 12:00 pm ET
Great news! It's about time though as I've been asking when this service would start for several years. Nice to see SAT get a little attention as most of the news lately has been for AUS (and I still think Viva Aerobus would have been better suited to SAT than AUS).
Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 9): So what gate? Unless they split Gate 2 with F9/YX/MX/AM, there aren't any gates available. Then again, I never understood why DL has three gates at SAT...maybe they'll give up one to FL (insert laughter here).
Good question. MX doesn't use Gate 2 and YX is going from three to two flights to MCI, so there is some room there for a new entrant (most likely NK). Express Jet is down to 14 flights and uses both Gates 8 and 9. They installed there own jetway on Gate 8 last summer and about a month or two ago the city installed a jetway at Gate 9. There is also a lot of room in that two gate area for another airline gate podium. Sounds like a good place for FL to me.
Other recent SAT news:
WN: PHL n/s starts in March and DEN in May. Also a 2nd SAN in March and a 2nd LAX in May bringing total to 52 departures.
NK: FLL starts in April with a 2nd flight in May
NW: IND starts in May with one r/t
US: CLT starts in May with two flights
MX: MTY started last December and from what the local MX agents tell me, the flight isn't doing well at all. I don't see this one lasting much longer.
And...in the food court, we have a new Dunkin' Donuts coming soon.
Dolphinflyer From Canada, joined May 2005, 188 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2968 times:
At the news conference, AirTran announced that SAT would be the final new city for the airline in 2008. Guess that all other new aircraft will be used to "connect the dots" for the balance of the year. The other wishful thinking will need to wait until 2009. Sorry, fellow Airliners!
N200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 783 posts, RR: 7 Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2537 times:
Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 18): Quoting N200WN (Reply 15):
There is also a lot of room in that two gate area for another airline gate podium. Sounds like a good place for FL to me.
But no room for a gate!
Another gate is not needed as Express Jet operates only 14 flights out of Gate 8 and 9. They mostly uses Gate 8 for their ops and Gate 9 only when they have two A/C on the ground. There should be room for FL's four new flights down there and there is room for their own gate podium, just as YX and F9 have their own podiums at Gate 2. In addition, the airport and AT&T just added another six or eight position power work station in that location so the setup would be nice.
N200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 783 posts, RR: 7 Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2427 times:
Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 20): But the problem with that is there's only enough room at either gate for an ERJ parked next to an ERJ...if FL and XE each had a plane there, no way it could work.
Delta used to occupy both Gates 8 and 9 they ran mainline, even L-1011's, out of there. We (WN) even borrowed one of the gates to handle a diversion and there was no issue with the adjacent ERJ. Besides, both jetways are driveable so the j-lines coiuld be repositioned if needed.
N200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 783 posts, RR: 7 Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2292 times:
Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 22): I was told by the XE guys that RJ's were all those gates could fit, which is why they got em. I stand corrected.
Understandable, as most of the XE guys are new and haven't been at SAT for long. Those gates have been there since the terminal was built in 1984, before the advent of the RJ, so they were designed for mainline ops. Over at WN, we used one of those gates, along with DL, as RON parking up until XE started ops last year. Those gates have been unused and without jetways for many years (since DL moved to the other end of T1) so it's nice to see some action down there, whomever it is.