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Old 09-09-2003, 11:45 PM   #1
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FAA Awards Coveted Slots at Reagan National to AirTran

Although already flying into DC's other two major airports, Dulles and BWI, AirTran has long coveted the closely guarded and close-in slots at Reagan. Now they'll have all the bases covered around metro DC:
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AirTran Airways Announces Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Schedule and Fares; Nonstop Service to Three Markets in October
Flights to/from Nation's Capital Will Include Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 19, 2003) - AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced its schedules and fares for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after having been awarded slots by the Federal Aviation Administration late on Thursday, August 14, 2003. The close-in Washington airport will be the airline's 44th airport served and its fourth city opening this year.

The airline will launch three daily nonstop flights between Washington and its Atlanta hub, and one daily nonstop flight between Washington and both Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers. Service begins October 23, 2003, and tickets are now available for purchase at www.airtran.com.

"For the past few years, AirTran Airways has encouraged the federal government to expand low-fare competition at Reagan Washington National Airport," said Joe Leonard, chairman and chief executive officer. "We are very confident travelers to and from our nation's capital will embrace our low fares and caring customer service."

"AirTran Airways will bring much needed low-fare competition to this last bastion of high air fares in the Washington metropolitan area," stated Robert L. Fornaro, president and chief operating officer. "We are appreciative of all the efforts of the many people who made this announcement possible including Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, FAA administrator Marion Blakey, and all the hard working people at the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation."

All flights to/from Washington will operate using new Boeing 717 aircraft, the most modern, quiet and environmentally friendly aircraft flying today with such features as 100 percent fresh air circulated throughout the cabin and EasyFit overhead bins.

In addition to this new service at Reagan National Airport, AirTran Airways also serves the other major Washington, D.C., airports - Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia and Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Maryland.
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