AirTran Airways Returns Scheduled Service to Gulfport/Biloxi

Dec. 17, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced plans to resume scheduled service from Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss., to the carrier's hub in Atlanta and add new service from Gulfport/Biloxi to Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.

This service will begin on Friday, January 8, 2010, and will replace existing charter service to Atlanta. Flights to Atlanta and Tampa/St. Petersburg will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with the airline's Wi-Fi equipped, Boeing 717.

"We are bringing back our award-winning, high-quality, low-cost service to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Since beginning charter operations in July, we have been very excited about the response to our flights," said Kevin Healy, senior vice president, marketing and planning. "Now there's no easier way to get to the world-famous casinos and golf courses of the Gulfport/Biloxi area."

By transitioning from chartered service to regularly scheduled flights to Atlanta, residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast will also have access to virtually the entire AirTran network of more than 60 cities.

The following nonstop flights to and from Gulfport/Biloxi will be available beginning January 8, 2010:

From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency Equipment ---- --- ------ ------- ------- --------- --------- Atlanta Gulfport/ 1590 11:00 a.m. 11:27 a.m. Wed, Fri, Sun 717 Biloxi ------- --------- ---- ---------- ---------- ------------- --- Gulfport/ Atlanta 1593 4:03 p.m. 6:22 p.m. Wed, Fri, Sun 717 Biloxi --------- --------- ---- --------- --------- ------------- --- Tampa/St. Gulfport/ 1592 3:00 p.m. 3:33 p.m. Wed, Fri, Sun 717 Petersburg Biloxi ---------- --------- ---- --------- --------- ------------- --- Gulfport/ Tampa/St. Biloxi Petersburg 1591 12:00 p.m. 2:25 p.m. Wed, Fri. Sun 717 --------- ---------- ----- ---------- --------- ------------- ---

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. It's low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit

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