INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 13, 2002--ATA (American Trans Air, Inc.) (Nasdaq:AMTR - News), and Chicago Express Airlines, Inc. (doing business as ATA Connection), today announced plans to offer daily, non-stop round-trip service between Chicago-Midway Airport and Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky.
Beginning August 28, 2002, ATA Connection will operate four daily round-trip flights to Lexington giving customers convenient access through Chicago-Midway to most of the low-fare carrier's business and leisure destinations. Customers can make reservations beginning today.
"The customer demand for this particular destination has been enormous," Gary Marsh, President of ATA Connection. "We are pleased to offer our Lexington customers low fares, convenient schedules and an assortment of connection opportunities to several popular business and leisure markets throughout the U.S."
Michael Gobb, Executive Director of Blue Grass Airport said, "Our customers have asked for new flights and more choices from Blue Grass Airport. This exciting announcement provides that, and much more. Thanks to ATA, area travelers now can enjoy convenient and affordable access to Chicago and over 40 other destinations.
"We are delighted to welcome ATA to Central Kentucky," he added.
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 13, 2002--ATA (American Trans Air, Inc.) (Nasdaq:AMTR - News), the nation's 10th largest passenger carrier, and Chicago Express Airlines, Inc. (doing business as ATA Connection), today announced plans to offer four daily, non-stop round-trip flights between The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids and Chicago-Midway.
This new service will give Cedar Rapids customers access through Chicago-Midway to many of ATA's business and leisure destinations. The service begins August 15, 2002. Customers can make reservations beginning today.
"ATA is excited to offer convenient service and low fares to Cedar Rapids," said Gary Marsh, President of ATA Connection. "With continuing service to over 40 destinations through Chicago-Midway, Cedar Rapids customers will find a great variety of choices to fulfill both business and leisure travel needs."
"The Airport's Marketing Program was the basis for attracting ATA, but to close the deal we needed help from the City of Cedar Rapids and the Chamber," said Cheryle Mitvalsky, Chair, Cedar Rapids Airport Commission. "Both stepped up to put our proposal over the top."
"Cedar Rapids has never had an option like the one presented to us by ATA, said Paul D. Pate, Mayor of the City of Cedar Rapids. "Whether it is business or leisure travel, the kinds of fares that ATA brings to this area are very welcome."
"The opportunity for increased business due to lower fares will help Cedar Rapids as we extend our reach both regionally and nationally. This is why it was important for me to travel to speak with ATA directly. This is a big win for Cedar Rapids."
"The strength of The Eastern Iowa Airport has always been an asset to economic development and growth in the Technology Corridor," said Ron Corbett, President of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. "Our existing businesses in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City region rely on excellent air service, and new businesses certainly look at the airport as one sign of a community's vibrancy. This is another great improvement to the air service