AirTran Airways introduces four new domestic routes
U.S. low-cost carrier AirTran Airways recently launched four new domestic routes. AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, introduced the new services starting from September 29, 2013. The airline said that two new routes from Orlando would be competing with Southwest Airlines, until the integration of the both the carriers is finalized.
Southwest Airlines currently wholly owns AirTran Airways. The airline has already initiated the integration of AirTran Airways – its network and flight schedule. After the integration process is finally complete, Southwest Airlines seeks to grow big and become a major player in the U.S. markets.
AirTran Airways would be operating flights between Fort Myers and Columbus until January 6, 2014. After the integration of flight schedule and the routes, Southwest Airlines would be taking over the operations on the two routes from AirTran Airways. Similarly, AirTran Airways would be offering flight services between Fort Lauderdale and Pittsburgh. The operations on this route would be taken over by Southwest Airlines from November 3, 2013.
AirTran Airways has launched several new routes this year. The airline expanded its service to Fort Myers on February 14, 2013 by commencing operations on two new routes. Later, in April this year AirTran Airways launched flights on its 15th route from Baltimore/Washington to Las Vegas. The daily flights between the two destinations were introduced on April 24, 2013. Southwest Airlines, which wholly owns AirTran Airways, is also offering 27 weekly flights between Baltimore/Washington and Las Vegas.