AirTran Airways expands Milwaukee operations


ORLANDO, FL – AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., announced today that the airline will increase capacity and expand its Milwaukee operations by more than 40 percent with new and extended service. In May, the airline will begin daily nonstop flights between Milwaukee and the following four new destinations: Branson, MO; St. Louis, MO; and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; plus seasonal service to Denver, CO. The new flights are part of the carrier’s strategy to expand service from General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and bolster travel options for local residents.

The new and extended service will result in unprecedented growth for AirTran Airways in the market, with 30 daily departures from Milwaukee for the peak summer schedule, up from 21 in the summer of 2008 – a 43 percent increase year over year. Additionally, the number of seats available per week on departing flights will grow 39 percent year over year. The airline will offer nonstop service to 18 destinations from Milwaukee, an increase from 14 previously.

“AirTran Airways is increasing flights by more than 40 percent in Milwaukee to meet the market’s service demands,” said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales, AirTran Airways. “We see enormous potential in Milwaukee, and this increase in service underscores our commitment to growth in the market. With the addition of AirTran Airways’ new flights, Milwaukeeans can expect to see fares drop as much as 60 percent on these routes, and we are confident that residents will continue responding to our lower fares to more destinations.”

The carrier will offer two daily roundtrips to Minneapolis-St. Paul effective May 5, with an increase to three daily roundtrips effective May 21. Service to Branson will begin May 11 with one daily roundtrip flight. AirTran Airways will also offer two daily roundtrips to St. Louis and one daily roundtrip to Denver, effective May 21. Seasonal service to Denver will end September 8, 2009.

In addition to the new routes, AirTran Airways will increase three seasonal destinations to year-round service – flights to Los Angeles will return on April 14, service to Boston will return May 21, and winter seasonal service to Tampa/St. Petersburg will be maintained year-round. In addition, seasonal service to both San Francisco and Seattle/Tacoma will be extended to October 30 and could be added to the roster of year-round flights in the future.

“I welcome the news that AirTran Airways is bringing more flight options to General Mitchell International Airport,” said Milwaukee county executive, Scott Walker. “More competition between the airlines means lower fares for local business and leisure travelers. Direct flights are critical for our region’s long-term economic development.”