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AirTran To Start MDW-MSP Service

Wed Apr 19, 2000 6:30 am

Effective June 10, AirTran will commence daily non stop service between Chicago Midway and Minneapolis/St. Paul. It is anticipated that Boeing 717 aircraft will be utilized for this route.

Source: WCCO, Minneapolis, MN


Hopefully Minnesotans will stop whining now about NW service...

Mark Abbott
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RE: AirTran To Start MDW-MSP Service

Wed Apr 19, 2000 7:44 am

Why would they serve MSP-MDW? There are already many many flights with Northwest and Vanguard both flying the route many times a day. Wouldn't MSP-ATL be a more sensible route?

Hey Mark, great photos from MSP!! I'm in ND, and always like seeing your new MSP photos on the database.
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RE: AirTran To Start MDW-MSP Service

Wed Apr 19, 2000 8:21 am

YES! now lower fares to MSP THANKS A BUNCH AIRTRAN!
 
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RE: AirTran To Start MDW-MSP Service

Wed Apr 19, 2000 8:27 am

Actually AirTran will use the 717 on the route and i dont get why adding 4 more round trips to MDW will lower fares. It will just make Vanguard or maybe even Airtran after awhile pull out of the route because the wont make money on it. Which will raise fares again. 3 airlines serving the same route is dumb. MSP to ATL would have been a better choice. Oh well. I will enjoy seeing the 717 at MSP though.
 
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RE: AirTran To Start MDW-MSP Service

Wed Apr 19, 2000 10:15 am

Thanks for the compliments MEL!

I personally think there is too much service to Chicago already from MSP. Vanguard and Northwest serve MDW and Northwest, United, and American Airlines all serve ORD. Adding a new airline to the mix won't really lower airfares after service gets going. Somebody isn't going to survive and my guess would be that Vanguard would be the first to pull service from the MSP-MDW market.

Why wouldn't AirTran go to ATL from here instead? Despite their bitching, they know they probably can't make money on that route. MDW seems like a poorer decision to me. At least there will be more 717's here...

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RE: AirTran To Start MDW-MSP Service

Wed Apr 19, 2000 10:15 am

I don't know. I'm a little skeptical about MDW-MSP. And I just remembered Vanguard was on the route too, along w/ NW, AA(ORD), and UA(ORD). I just hope AirTran makes it through the storm there.

If things don't go as they seem there's always the ATL-MSP run nonstop.
 
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RE: AirTran To Start MDW-MSP Service

Wed Apr 19, 2000 12:27 pm

AirTran will fly MSP-ATL with a stop at Midway... and vice-versa.
 
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RE: AirTran To Start MDW-MSP Service

Wed Apr 19, 2000 9:22 pm

I believe Airtran is looking down the road to what appears to be the end of the line for Vanguard. The last two routes they have added are in direct competition with Vanguard. I believe that they see a potential hole when Vanguard vacates these markets.

Also I don't believe that Airtran would want to jump right into the ATL-MSP market. Fighting Delta is a battle as it is. Northwest has a bad reputation of defending its territory at all costs, and fighting both at the same time would be suicide. I wouldn't be surprised to see Airtran establish a presence in MSP before they expand to ATL direct.

I'm sad to say but it looks like the dogs are starting to circle the wounded duck Vanguard. I'm not sure just how much life Rocky can squeeze out of this airline.

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RE: AirTran To Start MDW-MSP Service

Wed Apr 19, 2000 9:41 pm

The flight continues on from MDW to ATL. Airtran says that it did not start a non-stop because Northwest has increased capacity 40% on this route, supposedly to head off any Airtran competition.
 
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RE: AirTran To Start MDW-MSP Service

Wed Apr 19, 2000 11:42 pm

Why would MSP - ATL make more sense than MSP - MDW?? If they flew to ATL, there would then be 3 airlines on that route, just as there are now with their addition to the MDW market. I wouldn't mind if they did fly to ATL, especially considering their connections, but I'm just saying I don't know that it makes much more sense than MDW, especially considering how Delta and NW are beating each other up on the ATL route. I think AirTran is trying to fill a niche to MDW that Vanguard doesn't - low cost business tickets (with their first class section). MDW is closer to the loop and more convenient and manageable than ORD.

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