A few days late, but this is big news for me.
INDIANAPOLIS, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Beginning May 1, New
York-based travelers will have a new, low-fare option when flying to the
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. area, recognized as one of New Yorkers' Top 10
favorite destinations in the country.* ATA (ATA Airlines, Inc., Nasdaq: ATAH)
will launch new daily nonstop service on Saturday, May 1, between New York
LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater
International Airport (PIE).
The carrier is introducing the new daily service with competitive fares
between LGA and PIE. For travel through June 16, 2004, ATA is offering fares
online from $62.** This is welcome news for New York Yankee fans who might
want to visit the Florida Gulf Coast and see the series against the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays at the end of May, as well as the many travelers venturing from St.
Petersburg-Clearwater to the New York area.
"This is an opportunity for us to join New York and St. Pete -- two of our
most popular destinations," said John Happ, Senior Vice President of Marketing
and Sales for ATA Airlines. "The St. Petersburg-Clearwater International
Airport is directly across the bay from Tampa and considerably closer to the
beaches and resorts to which most New Yorkers are traveling, offering all the
world class amenities and services expected from a premier international
airport, minus the crowds and delays."
With a keen focus on the business traveler as well as leisure travelers
seeking more space and comfort, the carrier is launching Business Class
service with system-wide availability by the fourth quarter of 2004. The new
ATA Business Class will feature two-across all leather seating, wider seats,
more legroom, priority boarding, and other upgraded amenities. The pricing
structure will have a distinctive ATA flavor.
"We're creating a new kind of Business Class experience for our
customers," Happ said. "We're going to offer the level of service they expect
in Business Class, but at fares that are affordable to a much wider range of
travelers. We believe it's going to generate a lot of excitement, not only
among our existing customers, but with people who've never flown us before."
LGA's IND routes with ATA are also direct now, right? That would give ATA three routes now form LGA. It's nice to see expansion from them. It's a great sign as I feel that LGA is a great pertri-dish for American aviation as a whole.