Travatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2172 posts, RR: 11 Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1318 times:
New service to Wichita starts May 8.
BW)(FL-AIRTRAN-AIRWAYS-3)(AAI) AirTran Airways Announces New Service to Wichita
Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, KS; Airline Will be the First Affordable-Fare Carrier At Wichita
Business Editors/Travel Writers
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2002--AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI),
today announced that the low fare airline will launch new daily nonstop service to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) in
Wichita, KS, the airline's 38th destination. The airline will launch three daily nonstop flights between Wichita and Atlanta
as well as two daily nonstop flights between Wichita and Chicago (Midway), with connections to dozens of additional
destinations. Service begins May 8, 2002, and tickets are now available for purchase. All flights to/from Wichita will
operate using Boeing 717 aircraft.
"The wait for low fare and convenient air travel is over for the nearly one million passengers served every year by
Mid-Continent Airport," said Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways' chairman and chief executive officer. "AirTran Airways
recognized a need in this new market and, through support from public-private collaboration, can now provide the south
central Kansas communities with affordable fares to numerous business and leisure destinations."
Kevin Healy, AirTran Airways' vice president of planning, added, "AirTran Airways is proud to bring the Wichita
community amenities not offered by the other airlines, including assigned seating, an affordable Business Class, a
generous frequent flyer program, and no required roundtrip or Saturday night stays."
"We are excited to welcome AirTran Airways to Wichita. Their presence fulfills our goals of securing quality, low fare air
service to south central Kansas through our Fair Fares campaign and is a sign of our commitment to the economic
enhancement of Wichita-area businesses," said Bob Knight, mayor of Wichita.
"AirTran Airways' presence in Wichita will improve travel options for the business and leisure travelers of this
community," said Bailis F. Bell, director of airports in Wichita. "We are committed to bringing low fare alternatives to
Wichita to help business travelers get off the ground."
Listed below are the new nonstop flights effective May 8, 2002:
Flight No. Departs Arrives Frequency
892 9:35 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Daily
898 6:00 p.m. 7:40 p.m. Daily
AirTran Airways is offering special introductory fares as low as $79 one-way between Wichita and Atlanta and $59
one-way between Wichita and Chicago (Midway) to celebrate the new service. All introductory fare tickets must be
purchased by March 12, 2002, and travel must be completed by September 30, 2002. Introductory fares require a
seven-day advance purchase. Listed below are sample one-way fares (fares are valid in either direction).
Market Introductory Lowest Walk-up Business Class
Wichita to Atlanta $79 $179 $254
Wichita to Chicago (Midway) $59 $139 $179
Wichita to Newark $89 $219 $319
Wichita to Orlando $89 $199 $299
AirTran Airways provides affordable air travel with 346 flights a day to 36 cities throughout the eastern United States.
The airline's hub is at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport (by passenger volume) where it is
the second largest carrier operating 146 flights a day. AirTran Airways is a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc.
Unlike other airlines, AirTran Airways never requires a roundtrip purchase or Saturday night stay. The airline offers a
Business Class any business can afford, all-assigned seating, a generous frequent flier program, and a corporate
program called A2B. For more information and reservations, visit www.airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran), call
your travel agent or AirTran Airways at 1-800-AIRTRAN (800-247-8726) or 770-994-8258 in Atlanta. En espanol,
Rules and Restrictions: All fares are one-way. All fares are non-refundable, and a $50 fee per person applies to any
change made after purchase plus any applicable increase in airfare. Seven-day advance purchase required. Tickets must
be purchased by March 12, 2002. Travel must be completed by September 30, 2002. Travel to/from Wichita begins May
8, 2002. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Blackout dates are as follows:
May 24 and 28; June 28 and 29; July 6 and 7; August 30; and September 2, 2002. Fares, routes, and schedules are
subject to change without notice. Fares do not include per-segment tax of $3. 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. Fares to/from Grand Bahama Island do not include U.S. and Bahamian taxes of up to $34.70.
(c)AirTran Airways 2002
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4402 posts, RR: 37 Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1179 times:
Good for Wichita! They've waited a long time for this day. AirTran is no Vanguard-of-1997. They are flying to major cities with connection possibilities, especially of course at the ATL hub. They won't be chased out by any of the Cartel carriers.
AirTran is a Godsend for cities like Wichita who might or might not be able to meet Southwest's requirement to support 10 dailies. Now, with just five flights, Wichita has excellent connecting possibilities to most of Fl's 38 cities. DL offers 3 daily CRJ's to ATL and 5 CRJs & Brasilias to DFW. There will still be people who need to get to places that aren't on AirTran's system, so DL will probably continue to do well. AirTran will probably stimulate a substantial growth in traffic at ICT, from folks who wouldn't have flown, or who had to drive to MCI or OKC for reasonably-priced flights.
I'll admit Wichita is a surprise--I would have expected someplace on the East Coast, in the domain of ailing US Airways. But AirTran will probably do very well in Wichita.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4402 posts, RR: 37 Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1169 times:
How funny is this though....on the route map, Wichita is misspelled WITCHita. Those witchy little Kansas people!
That is strange....the Wicked Witch of the West was vanquished out near those parts 63 years ago. Maybe AirTran will offer special FF benefits to all those liberated munchkins and flying monkeys they're about to liberate from the current Cartel of high-fare witches. Apologies to my friends in Wichita, but I couldn't resist.
AirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1148 times:
I don't see Wichita on their route map...neither is the Flint-Orlando route...oh well! Im glad AirTran continues to grow. I just want to see what is going to happen at PIT and PHL...LOTS of speculation all over the place! -Tony
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1144 times:
It looks as though AirTran's going after some of the passengers of regional feeders again. Delta's abandoning of markets (and replacing them with ASA flights) is coming back to bite them. AirTran does need to focus on some more midwestern cities though. They ought to consider OMA, OKC, or DSM as future cities as well, considering the real lack of affordable fare carriers out of these cities.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4402 posts, RR: 37 Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1112 times:
DSM strikes me as a very good candidate for AirTran. It's medium-sized, underserved, overcharged by the Cartel, and has been overlooked by Southwest. Access Air's failure was entirely about that carrier's terrible business plan, and the economics of low-fare air travel. 3 FL dailies to ATL would probably do very well at DSM.
I'd still look for one or two more FL cities in US Airways country this year though, probably SYR and RIC. Also possible: Fort Wayne or Grand Rapids in the Midwest. They seem to be avoiding WN cities for now.
FlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6049 posts, RR: 25 Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1010 times:
Actually, if you want to find out what city AAI will serve next, just find out what city is organizing a travel bank!! ICT had been working on this for a while and it's good to see their hard work pay off.
As for Florida, I don't see that many more cities being added right away. DAB and MLB are too close to MCO plus yields are very low...not a lot of business pax. Airtran wants a certain mix of business/leisure travelers. GNV might work...but it's a very small market and mainly just a lot of college kids....again not the best business market. SRQ might have the greatest potential.
DL should do well in ICT with the travel bank and the fact that DL only has RJ's to DFW,ATL and CVG.
5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1008 times:
AirTran has flown into DSM before, but failed miserably. I believe they stopped service in late '98. I have a feeling that it had something to do with DSM being such a predatory market. Every smaller airline that has entered the market within the past 5-10 years has usually gotten ran out of town (AirTran, AccessAir, Vanguard).
I think OMA and MCI would be great choices for AT. Someone said that OMA was lacking affordable airlines? Nah, OMA has some of the lowest fares in the country, thanks to WN and F9. Same goes for MCI.
Gr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1583 posts, RR: 16 Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 962 times:
Does MDW-ICT have anything to do with AirTran's just recieving financing from Chicago-headquartered Boeing to purchase Boeing 717s? Boeing has major facilities in Wichita and Boeing's move from Seattle was largely to get easier access to all its operational divisions. Hmmmm?
Flyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1919 posts, RR: 11 Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 949 times:
"Also possible: Fort Wayne and Grand Rapids in the Midwest"
I dunno if FWA would be such a good move. FL is here in TOL and also in DAY. With TOL in the past (notice I said past ;o) ) having yield problems and DAY isn't doing so hot either, FWA would draw from both markets. I think you'll be surprised at the numbers that will come out from TOL....just a few under last years and March is looking really promising.
GRR would be great. It would cover Michigan pretty well, especially the western half. I still think that we need a longer haul flight like COS....I know I'm biased because I love that city/airport...but I think it'd be pulling a FNT/TOL over DEN.
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 913 times:
Interesting thing to note is that all of these cities mentioned as good candidates for AirTran are ASA cities. Maybe it would be a smart thing to go up against the other occupant on C Concourse. Why fly in a puddle jumper or a little jet when you can fly on a big 717.