AirTran Airways Launches New Service to the Motor City

Airline Begins Daily Nonstop Service to/from Atlanta and Orlando; Sarasota Service Begins February 15, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , today launched new, daily nonstop service from the Smith Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Atlanta and Orlando. Flights from Detroit to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport are scheduled to begin on February 15, 2006.

To celebrate its latest addition to its quickly expanding route network, AirTran Airways teamed up with retired Detroit Tigers legend Kirk Gibson to hold an inaugural event at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport this morning. At an inaugural ceremony, the famous home run slugger was named an honorary AirTran Airways Captain.

“We are thrilled to bring high-quality, low-fare service to travelers in the Detroit area,” said John Kirby, AirTran Airways director of strategic planning and scheduling. “We have been working closely with the Wayne County Airport Authority and business leaders in the area in recent months to ensure that AirTran Airways and America’s youngest all-Boeing fleet will bring more travel options to the Motor City.”

“We are very pleased that AirTran Airways has chosen to add Detroit to its impressive low-fare network,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Lester Robinson. “It has been a priority of our Board to seek more air service for our customers, who will now have more options when flying to Atlanta, Orlando and Sarasota.”

Listed below are the new nonstop flights for Detroit:

Nonstop Service from Detroit

To Departs Arrives Frequency
Atlanta 6:30 a.m. 8:35 a.m. Daily*
Atlanta 12:00 p.m. 2:05 p.m. Daily
Atlanta 3:06 p.m. 5:06 p.m. Daily**
Atlanta 6:18 p.m. 8:23 p.m. Daily
Orlando 2:00 p.m. 4:45 p.m. Daily
Sarasota 3:35 p.m. 6:25 p.m. Daily***

*Service begins November 9, 2005
**Additional Atlanta flight begins December 6, 2005
***Service to Sarasota begins February 15, 2006

Nonstop Service to Detroit

From Departs Arrives Frequency
Atlanta 9:20 a.m. 11:25 a.m. Daily
Atlanta 11:15 a.m. 1:20 p.m. Daily
Atlanta 3:48 p.m. 5:48 p.m. Daily*
Atlanta 9:05 p.m. 11:10 p.m. Daily
Orlando 2:58 p.m. 5:43 p.m. Daily
Sarasota 12:10 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Daily**

*Additional Atlanta flight begins December 6, 2005
**Service to Sarasota begins February 15, 2006

AirTran Airways, one of America’s largest low-fare airlines with 6,700 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates over 500 daily flights to 49 destinations. The airline’s hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways recently added the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 aircraft to create America’s youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft. For reservations or more information, visit http://www.airtran.com/ (America Online Keyword: AirTran).

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