Friday, December 12, 2008

AirTran Airways Names Branson, Mo., its Newest Destination

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , today announced plans to begin service to Branson, Mo. Effective May 11, 2009, the airline will offer roundtrip nonstop flights between Branson Airport in Branson, Mo., the first privately financed and operated commercial airport in the United States, and the worlds busiest airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Ga. The route will be served by AirTran Airways' popular Boeing 717-200 aircraft, which seats 117 passengers (12 in Business Class and 105 in coach).

"AirTran Airways will bring low fares to Branson, and give local residents the opportunity to travel across the country, while simultaneously encouraging tourists to visit the Ozarks and experience the city of Branson," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways. "We're excited to provide Branson's business and leisure travelers access to popular destinations across the country as well as be part of a memorable first in airport openings."

"This is the manifestation of all our hard work to make this airport a reality! AirTran Airways is a perfect fit for the Branson Airport," said Steve Peet, CEO, Branson Airport. "Nonstop, low-cost air travel to and from Branson was the goal when we started this project. We are thrilled that the number-one ranked airline in the 2008 Airline Quality Rating study is our first national carrier."

"I want to applaud the hard work and dedication of the entire Branson Airport team, and the generous support of our friends in the Branson community for making today's announcement possible," said Jeff Bourk, Executive Director, Branson Airport.

In addition to the nonstop flights, AirTran Airways connects to 54 destinations through Atlanta, including Orlando and Tampa, Fla.; New York, NY, and San Juan, Puerto Rico

The following nonstop flights between Branson and Atlanta will be available beginning May 11, 2009, unless otherwise indicated:

Nonstop Service Between Branson and Atlanta

From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
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Atlanta Branson 1580 11:30 a.m. 12:10 p.m. Daily
Branson Atlanta 1581 12:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Daily

AirTran Airways will offer an introductory fare* for its new flights to/from Branson. Travel on introductory fares must be booked by January 14, 2009, for travel through June 24, 2009. Fares listed are one way, available daily and are valid in either direction:

Destination Introductory
----------- ------------
Atlanta $99

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , a Fortune 1000 company, is ranked number one in the 2008 Airline Quality Rating study. The airline offers coast-to-coast flights, North America's newest all-Boeing fleet, friendly service and Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit

Branson Airport, opening May 11, 2009, in Branson, Missouri, is the first privately financed and operated commercial airport in the United States. As the country's first privately funded airport, Branson Airport will offer visitors unparalleled hospitality and service steeped in the generous, welcoming spirit of the Ozarks. The $155 million project introduces an innovative business model that has the potential to redefine air travel in the United States by focusing on creating a more pleasant travel experience for customers. For more information on Branson Airport LLC, go to

* Introductory fare is non-refundable, and a $75 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 $15.00 per person. Introductory fares must be purchased by January 14, 2009. Travel must be completed by June 24, 2009. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include per-segment tax of up to $3.60. 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.

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