ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., (NYSE:AAI) , reported that the airline has cancelled 18 daily flights on Wednesday to/from Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss., and New Orleans, La., which represents approximately 3 percent of its 564 daily flights system-wide. The airline has cancelled 218 total flights over the past week due to Hurricane Katrina.
At this time, flight operations into and out of Gulfport/Biloxi and New Orleans are suspended through (and including) Saturday, September 3, 2005. Once the affected airports reopen, the airline will resume flights as soon as possible. Passengers may check flight status by checking online at www.airtran.com or calling 1-800-AIR-TRAN.
The airline also reported that it has more than ample fuel supplies at its hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In addition, the refineries from which the airline sources its fuel are located west of New Orleans, La., and while they were shut down, they have since restarted and the airline expects no disruption in fuel supply.
In addition, the airline has contacted its 11 Crew Members based in Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss., and its 19 Crew Members based in New Orleans, La., and all of them are accounted for and safe.
Passengers wishing to check the status of their flight may do so by checking online at www.airtran.com on the home page under “Flight Status” or they may call the airline at 1-800-AIRTRAN.
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