Historic Charleston, S.C., Is AirTran Airways' Newest Destination
Airline Chooses City as Its Next Stop After an Overwhelming Response to Traveler Survey
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 22, 2007) — AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced plans to begin service to Charleston, S.C. Effective May 24, 2007, the fast-growing low-fare carrier will offer two round-trip nonstop flights between Charleston International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with the addition of two more round-trip flights on June 7, 2007. With these new flights, AirTran Airways will bring much-needed low fare service to one of the highest-fare markets in the country. The route will be served by AirTran Airways' popular Boeing 717-200 aircraft, which seats 117 passengers (12 Business Class and 105 in coach).
The airline decided to add new service to Charleston after an overwhelming response to its recent online survey asking consumers, “Where do you want low fares next?” A few months ago, AirTran Airways dedicated a portion of its Web site to the survey, where consumers could log on and vote for the airline's next destination. While the airline announced Phoenix, Ariz., as the number one pick from that survey, Charleston was clearly among the top cities in the race to be the next stop on the low-cost carrier's route map. Charleston is AirTran Airways' 55th destination.
“AirTran Airways is committed to offering quality service based on the feedback of our customers,” said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways. “When we saw an overwhelming request for service to Charleston, we felt it was a pretty easy decision to make it one of our next new destinations. We are excited to bring AirTran Airways' service to travelers here in Charleston, offering them access to low fares and high-value amenities including Business Class on every flight and free XM Satellite Radio at every seat, as well as the youngest all-Boeing fleet in America.”
“We are pleased that AirTran Airways has seen the tremendous opportunity of adding Charleston, S.C., to the growing network of communities that it serves,” said Bobby Harrell, R-S.C., speaker of the house. “AirTran Airways will be a vital component of the region's future tourism and economic development programs.”
David Jennings, Chairman of the Charleston County Aviation Authority added, “Charleston is a first class community, and AirTran is a first class airline. We are delighted to be working together.”
The following nonstop flights between Charleston and Atlanta will begin May 24, 2007, unless otherwise indicated:
Nonstop Service Between Charleston and Atlanta
|Atlanta||Charleston||886||2:30 p.m.||3:40 p.m.||Daily|
|Atlanta||Charleston||882||10:50 p.m.||11:59 p.m.||Daily|
|Charleston*||Atlanta||883||6:10 a.m.||7:25 a.m.||Daily|
|Charleston||Atlanta||887||4:10 p.m.||5:25 p.m.||Daily|
*Service begins May 25.
The following nonstop flights between Charleston and Atlanta will be available beginning June 7, unless otherwise indicated:
Nonstop Service Between Charleston and Atlanta
|Atlanta||Charleston||884||9:10 a.m.||10:20 a.m.||Daily|
|Atlanta||Charleston||880||5:25 p.m.||6:35 p.m.||Daily|
|Charleston||Atlanta||885||10:50 a.m.||12:05 p.m.||Daily|
|Charleston||Atlanta||881||7:10 p.m.||8:25 p.m.||Daily|
Following is a sample of fares* AirTran Airways will offer for its new flights to/from Charleston. Travel on introductory fares must be booked by March 15, 2007, for travel through June 13, 2007. Fares listed are one way, available daily and are valid in either direction:
|Destination||Introductory Fare||Lowest Walk-up||Lowest Business Class|
AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America's largest low-fare airlines with more than 8,000 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates more than 700 daily flights to 55 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways' aircraft features the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 and 717-200 to create America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft and the only airline with Business Class and XM Satellite Radio on every flight. For reservations or more information, visit airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran).
* All fares are one-way. All fares are non-refundable, and a $60 fee per person applies to any change made after purchase plus any applicable increase in airfare. Reservations may be obtained or changed through an AirTran Airways Telephone Reservations Center for an additional $5 per person. Introductory sale fares must be purchased by March 15, 2007. Travel must be completed by June 13, 2007. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include per-segment tax of $3.40. 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.