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Football legend Jack Ham helps airline celebrate inaugural flight

AirTran Airways tackles high fares in Harrisburg

eTN Staff Writer  Nov 21, 2008

ORLANDO, FL - AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., launched service today at Harrisburg International Airport in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Ham and Eric Madden, deputy secretary of transportation for Pennsylvania, in attendance to welcome AirTran Airways to the airport.

The airline offers nonstop roundtrip flights between Harrisburg International Airport and Orlando International Airport. The flights will be operated with the airline's quiet and fuel-efficient Boeing 717 aircraft.

As part of the service launch, AirTran Airways hosted a celebratory event at the airport, featuring Ham running through a ceremonial barrier to symbolize the end to high fares in the Harrisburg area. AirTran Airways also incorporated the Make-A-Wish Foundation into the festivities by donating flights to the organization, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions and presenting Make-A-Wish officials with an oversized boarding pass to demonstrate its commitment to the foundation.

"AirTran Airways will help bring fares down in Harrisburg and give vacationers a direct route to Orlando, one of the most popular leisure destinations in the country," said Matthew Klein, director of pricing and distribution planning for AirTran Airways. "We already run successful operations in Baltimore and Philadelphia, but by entering Harrisburg International Airport, we can make it more convenient for residents in the Susquehanna Valley and the entire Central Pennsylvania region to catch a low-fare, nonstop flight to Florida."

"We are thrilled that, beginning today, AirTran Airways will provide convenient, high-quality and affordable daily nonstop service between Harrisburg International Airport and Orlando," said Tim Edwards, executive director for Harrisburg International Airport. "Orlando is central Pennsylvania's top destination for fun and excitement and is very popular for business travelers as well. Thanks to AirTran, driving hours out of your way for daily nonstop service to Orlando has become a thing of the past. With the region's strong support, we look forward to earning more AirTran service in the future."

The following nonstop service between Harrisburg International Airport and Orlando International Airport will begin November 20:

From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
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Harrisburg Orlando 1002 12:22 p.m. 2:55 p.m. Daily
Orlando Harrisburg 1001 9:20 a.m. 11:46 a.m. Daily

AirTran Airways tackles high fares in Harrisburg
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