AirTran Considers Caribbean Destinations
AirTran is weighing the addition of Caribbean destinations to its network, and could make inroads into the region early next year, said carrier President and COO Bob Fornaro.
According to Fornaro the points at the top of AirTran's list are Cancun and various cities in Puerto Rico. Currently, the carrier flies to the Bahamas from Atlanta. Fornaro noted AirTran won't need to change its business model to push into the Caribbean. Serving the region is similar to domestic flying, he said. "It's not that complex."
For the rest of this year, Fornaro doesn't anticipate adding another city, with the caveat that another could possibly be added in December. This year, AirTran launched service to Portland, Maine; Charleston, S.C.; Daytona; Phoenix; Newburgh, N.Y.; St. Louis; and San Diego. It now has 20% of its available seat miles on routes from the East Coast and Midwest to West Coast destinations.
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