ATA and Southwest Airlines Launch Codeshare Service to Over 200 New City-Pairs

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ — ATA Airlines, Inc. (ATAHQ) today welcomes Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) passengers on board its planes, as the first-ever codeshare agreement between two low-cost carriers launches from coast-to-coast. The agreement is a key part of ATA’s reorganization efforts and gives the Indianapolis-based carrier the opportunity to feed passengers to and from Southwest Airlines-the largest domestic airline in the U.S.

“Customer response to the codeshare agreement has exceeded our expectations. ATA is thrilled that we are launching this revolutionary service with Southwest,” said George Mikelsons, ATA’s Chairman, President and CEO. “I want to congratulate all of our employees who have worked diligently to build the codeshare infrastructure necessary to link passengers from one carrier to the other. It is very rewarding to provide our customers with more travel options.”

Today marks the first stage of the codeshare agreement, which allows passengers who begin their travel in one of ATA’s eleven codeshare cities to transfer at Chicago’s-Midway airport to over 40 destinations on Southwest Airlines. Codesharing provides customers with significantly more access to both carriers’ networks with the ease of a single ticket and a smooth and efficient transfer to a connecting flight.

“From the moment our codeshare was announced, our employees have been looking forward to the day when we would welcome our new customers onboard. They are excited to begin providing them the same friendly, professional service that our loyal ATA customers have come to know,” said Doug Yakola, Senior Vice President Customers and Ground Operations.

Codeshare customers can purchase their tickets directly from either airline by phone or on the web sites at http://ata.com/ or http://southwest.com/. The codeshare allows passengers to take advantage of easy, on-line check-in, as well as the seamless transfer of baggage at Chicago-Midway Airport.

The codeshare flights, which became available for sale on January 16, allow each carrier to maintain its own frequent flyer programs. ATA’s Travel Awards Program and Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards program will offer passengers credit on the airline where they made their reservation. ATA Travel Awards members will receive 500 points for codeshare round-trips, or 1,000 points if the booking is made on the airline’s web site at http://ata.com/.

The agreement created over 200 new city-pairs available for purchase on ATA’s system. Below is a listing of other possible connections:

Boston to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via Chicago-Midway:
Albuquerque, Birmingham, Houston, Indianapolis, Jackson (Miss), Kansas
City, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, Nashville, New
Orleans, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland*. St. Louis, San
Diego and Seattle/Tacoma.

Denver to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via Chicago-Midway:
Baltimore/Washington, Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit/Metro, Ft.
Lauderdale/Hollywood, Hartford/Springfield, Indianapolis, Jacksonville,
Long Island/MacArthur, Louisville, Manchester, Nashville, New Orleans,
Norfolk*, Orlando, Philadelphia**, Providence, Raleigh-Durham and Tampa
Bay.

Ft. Myers to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via Chicago-Midway:
Cleveland, Detroit/Metro, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oakland, Omaha, Phoenix,
San Diego and Seattle/Tacoma*.

Honolulu to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via Chicago-Midway:
Baltimore/Washington, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit/Metro, Ft. Lauderdale,
Indianapolis, Louisville, Manchester, Nashville, Orlando, Providence**,
St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

Minneapolis/St. Paul to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via Chicago-
Midway: Albuquerque, Baltimore/Washington, Birmingham, Cleveland,
Columbus, Detroit/Metro, Ft. Lauderdale, Hartford/Springfield,
Houston/Hobby, Indianapolis, Jackson (Miss.), Jacksonville, Little Rock,
Long Island/MacArthur, Louisville, Manchester, Nashville, New Orleans,
Norfolk***, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Raleigh-
Durham, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Tulsa and West Palm Beach.

New York/LaGuardia to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via Chicago-
Midway: Albuquerque, Birmingham, Houston/Hobby, Jackson (Miss.), Kansas
City, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha,
Ontario, Phoenix, Portland*, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, Tucson
and Tulsa.

Newark to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via Chicago-Midway:
Albuquerque, Houston/Hobby, Jackson (Miss.), Kansas City, Las Vegas,
Little Rock, Los Angeles, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ontario*, Orange
County, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, Sacramento, St.
Louis, Tucson and Tulsa.

San Francisco to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via Chicago-Midway:
Baltimore/Washington, Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit/Metro, Ft.
Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Manchester, Nashville,
Orlando. Providence** and Tampa Bay.

Sarasota to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via Chicago-Midway:
Cleveland, Detroit/Metro and Omaha.

St. Petersburg to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via Chicago-Midway:
Detroit/Metro, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles*, Oakland, Omaha,
Phoenix and Seattle/Tacoma*.

Washington, D.C.-Reagan to/from these Southwest Airlines cities via
Chicago-Midway: Albuquerque, Houston/Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City. Las
Vegas, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Oakland, Omaha, Phoenix, St. Louis, San
Diego and Seattle/Tacoma.

* Service starts April 3
** Service starts March 4
***Service starts March 17

ATA has one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient fleets among the major carriers, featuring new Boeing 737-800 and 757-300 aircraft. Now in its 32nd year of operation, ATA offers scheduled service to over 30 business and vacation destinations. For more information, visit http://www.ata.com/.

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