AirTran Airways Announces New Service To Grand Rapids, Michigan

- Airline Brings Low Fares and a National Network to Western Michigan -

Jan 28, 2010, 14:37 ET from AirTran Airways

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced that it will begin new nonstop service between Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., and two of AirTran's largest operations, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Orlando International Airport.

"With its diverse mix of industries and population of more than 1.7 million people within an hour of the airport, Grand Rapids and Western Michigan have been on our radar for a long time," said Kevin Healy, AirTran Airways' senior vice president, marketing and planning. "Because of the leadership of the local business community, and particularly the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, we are finally able to make AirTran service there a reality."

AirTran Airways currently offers more than 700 daily flights from 67 cities with major operations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Orlando.

"On behalf of the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, it is an honor to welcome AirTran Airways to Grand Rapids," said Dick DeVos, chair of the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan." This partnership is a win-win for the airline and our community. There are few opportunities which come along that bring immediate benefit to our region's consumers, our quality of life and our area's economic development goals. This is clearly one of those opportunities."

The following nonstop flights between Grand Rapids and Baltimore/Washington will be available beginning May 4, 2010:

Nonstop Service Between Grand Rapids and Baltimore/Washington

    
    
         From          To          Flight    Departs     Arrives  Frequency
         ----          ---         ------    -------     -------  ---------
                     Baltimore/
     Grand Rapids     Washington     572    6:25 a.m.   8:00 a.m.    Daily
     ------------     ----------     ---    ---------   ---------    -----
                     Baltimore/
     Grand Rapids     Washington     576    5:50 p.m.   7:25 p.m.    Daily
     ------------     -----------    ---    ---------   ---------    -----
     Baltimore/
      Washington     Grand Rapids    573   10:31 a.m.  12:16 p.m.    Daily
      -----------    ------------    ---   ----------  ----------    -----
     Baltimore/
      Washington     Grand Rapids    577    9:00 p.m.  11:45 p.m.    Daily
      -----------    ------------    ---    ---------  ----------    -----
    

The following nonstop flights between Grand Rapids and Orlando will be available beginning May 4, 2010:

Nonstop Service Between Grand Rapids and Orlando

    
    
         From          To       Flight    Departs     Arrives   Frequency
         ----          ---      ------    -------     -------   ---------
     Grand Rapids    Orlando     574    12:55 p.m.   3:35 p.m.    Daily
     ------------    -------     ---    ----------   ---------    -----
        Orlando   Grand Rapids   575     2:20 p.m.   5:10 p.m.    Daily
        -------   ------------   ---     ---------   ---------    -----

The following is a sample of fares AirTran Airways will offer for its new flights to/from Baltimore/Washington and Orlando. Travel on introductory fares must be booked by February 25, 2010, for travel through June 9, 2010.  Fares listed are one way, available daily and are valid in either direction:

    
    
                                                           Lowest Business
         Destination      Introductory     Lowest Walk-up       Class
         -----------      ------------     --------------  ---------------
                              Fare
                              ----
     Baltimore/Washington      $69             $189            $299
     --------------------      ---             ----            ----
           Orlando             $89             $209            $319
           -------             ---             ----            ----

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI) and a Fortune 1000 company, has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past two years.  AirTran is the only major airline with Wi-Fi on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Its low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit http://www.airtran.com.

** All fares are one-way. Introductory sale fare and lowest walk-up fare are non-refundable, and a $75 fee per person applies to any change made after purchase plus any applicable increase in airfare. Seats are limited subject to availability and may not be available on all flights. Introductory sale fares must be purchased by February 25, 2010 and travel must be completed by June 9, 2010. Blackout dates are as follows: May 28, 31, 2010 A first bag may be checked for a fee of up to $15 per person and a second bag may be checked for a fee of up to $25 per person. Reservations may be obtained or changed through an AirTran Airways Telephone Reservations Center for an additional $15.00 per person. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include per-segment tax of $3.70. 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.

    
    
    Media Contacts:    AirTran Airways
                       Christopher White
                       Cynthia Tinsley-Douglas
                       678.254.7442      

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