atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5717 posts, RR: 51 Posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 13328 times:
Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Confirm Plans to Maintain AirTran Airways Operations at 22 Domestic and International Airports
Seattle to Become First Jointly Served Airport to Fully Combine Operations into Southwest
DALLAS, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways confirmed today the intent to convert AirTran Airways operations at 22 domestic and international airports to Southwest operations over time.
The 22 AirTran airports that will continue to operate and will eventually join the Southwest route map include: Flint, Mich. (FNT); Rochester, N.Y. (ROC); Pensacola, Fla. (PNS); Charlotte, N.C. (CLT); Dayton, Ohio (DAY); Richmond, Va. (RIC); Key West, Fla. (EYW); Washington, D.C. (DCA); Memphis, Tenn. (MEM); Akron-Canton, Ohio (CAK); Wichita, Kan. (ICT); Des Moines, Iowa (DSM); Branson, Mo. (BKG); Portland, Maine (PWM); Grand Rapids, Mich. (GRR); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ); Cancun, Mexico (CUN); Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ); Aruba (AUA); San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU); Bermuda (BDA); and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS). AirTran service and Employees at these airports are planned to convert to Southwest gradually over the course of AirTran's integration into Southwest. The airlines earlier announced that AirTran will begin serving Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) on May 24, 2012, and San Jose Cabo, Mexico (SJD) on June 3, 2012. Those destinations also will convert to Southwest over ti me. Of the 69 cities AirTran served when Southwest acquired it on May 2, 2011, 53 cities are planned to convert to full Southwest Airlines service.
I find it interesting SEA will be the first city to see the fully integrated Operations.
CLOSING STATIONS-- Effective Aug. 12, 2012, AirTran Airways will cease operations at the following airports: Allentown, Pa. (ABE); Lexington, Ky. (LEX); Harrisburg, Pa. (MDT); Sarasota, Fla. (SRQ); Huntsville, Ala. (HSV); and White Plains, N.Y. (HPN). AirTran currently operates six daily nonstop flights at Sarasota with 16 Employees. Its Allentown (one daily nonstop flight), Lexington (two daily nonstop flights), Harrisburg (one daily nonstop flight), Huntsville (two daily nonstop flights), and White Plains (three daily nonstop flights) operations are all supported by AirTran's contracted vendor partners.
[Edited 2012-01-20 10:24:25]
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WNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1545 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 13270 times:
So, a few weeks ago we were "announcing new service" from ATL-LAX... even though FL already operated it. With SEA WN will take over flying ATL-SEA and MKW-SEA... so what determines "announcing new service" and simply "taking over flying"? Is it simply that the networks currently aren't connected so it's NEW service to the respective carrier, but by then we should be connected via codeshare so it's NOT new service?
Does this question even make sense? I'm admittedly having difficulty articulating my point... eeeshk!
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Flytravel From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 873 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 13144 times:
I guess it's good to have a complete list now.
PWM has 2x on PWM-BWI. I wonder how it will get beefed up for 6-8 flights if that happens. Will they all be BWI, or a mix - any ideas? It's just 2 hours from the BOS area airports, and serves an area with under 1 million residents and Maine has another airport. There must have been high existing yields or some other favorable factor.
I suppose MDT being too close to BWI, and over 500 miles from any other focus city, eliminated MDT's possibility even though there are more residents in Central PA not nearer to another airport. RIC survived but I doubt WN will link it to BWI.
Not sure why HSV (which had BWI service) didn't make it.
Detroit and Cleveland will now have 2 area airports each serving the markets.
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3064 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 13048 times:
I'm looking forward to seeing to what WN "hubs" most of these FL destinations will get connections to. Mostly interested to see what FL stations will be flown from MDW nonstop. Sad to see SRQ go, FL has flown this from MDW for quite awhile.
If that happens, I have a feeling Frontier's days are numbered here. Southwest has way more brand recognition in DSM despite F9's presence over the last couple years and WN only serving OMA and MCI. Honestly prefer Frontier over Southwest. Hopefully I'm wrong.
BD338 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 818 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12204 times:
Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter): CLOSING STATIONS--
Effective Aug. 12, 2012, AirTran Airways will cease operations at the following airports: Huntsville, Ala. (HSV);
..just a random guess here but I bet the fares on DL for HSV-ATL from August 13, 2012 are a lot higher than they were on August 11, 2012. Personal experience of WN pulling out of SLC-BOI gives me a clue here.