Gr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1632 posts, RR: 9 Posted (14 years 22 hours ago) and read 957 times:
So far this week AirTran has announced the following service additions: ATL-MSP, a 4th daily nonstop; ATL-PNS, a 4th daily nonstop; CAK-MCO, daily nonstop (up from once a week); ROC-MCO, nonstop. This is in addition to the previously announced LGA-PHF-MCO routes and many increases out of BWI. Also, the 31st 717 was just delivered. What's next?
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Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (14 years 22 hours ago) and read 905 times:
I agree, Airtran seems serious about filling niches in the market that other airlines seem to ignore; more nonstop service into Orlando is needed from "smaller" cities, there is demand from both leisure and business travellers.
AirTran is supposed to increase service out of BWI, add more destinations in the Bahamas out of ATL, and connect some cities it currently serves with destinations in Florida, according to rumors.
Do you think that they will take the ex-TWA 717s that AA no longer wants?
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4623 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (14 years 22 hours ago) and read 885 times:
AirTran is positioning itself for the bankruptcy of US Airways, which will probably happen in less than two years. THey're carefully choosing routes that don't involve direct competition with Southwest (except for BWI-Florida, where the sheer volume of traffic will support both carriers esp now that Metrojet is gone).
I'd look for a continued strong buildup at BWI, which has plenty of routes (like ROC) that WN doesn't fly. ALso, watch for more pullback at PHL which the dying US Airways will defend to the death.
AirTran's website doesn't say anything about an ROC-MCO nonstop; are you sure you aren't thinking of the CAK-MCO daily that was announced today?
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