AirTran Airways Launches New Service in Knoxville, Tenn.

- Airline Offers Low Fares to the Sunshine State -

ORLANDO, Fla. , June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today launched daily nonstop flights from Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn. , to Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Fla. , with University of Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl on hand to kick off the celebration.

"AirTran Airways is pleased to connect residents of Knoxville with Orlando , one of the family vacation capitals of the world," said Tad Hutcheson , vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways. "Our expansion to Knoxville adds to our unique blend of business class seating on every flight, wi-fi on our entire fleet by midsummer and low-fare, high-quality service between key business and leisure markets."

"The launch of AirTran Airways' new low-fare service in our community will be a benefit for both our business and leisure travelers," said Fred Forster , vice chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. "The direct flight into Orlando International Airport makes accessing attractions, entertainment and downtown businesses much easier. We look forward to working with AirTran Airways on this and future air service opportunities."

To demonstrate its support for the community, AirTran Airways also donated flights to Friends of the Smokies, which assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects.

The following nonstop flights between Knoxville and Orlando are available beginning June 12, 2009 :

Following is a sample of fares* AirTran Airways will offer for its new flights to/from Orlando . Fares listed are one way, available daily and are valid in either direction:

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. The airline offers coast-to-coast flights on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet with Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit

*All fares are one-way. Lowest Leisure 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. Lowest Leisure fare requires a 7-day advance purchase. 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 $3.60. 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.

SOURCE AirTran Airways