Great Connections In Indianapolis Now Start With AirTran Airways

Peyton Manning Helps Airline with First of Many Indianapolis Touch-Downs

ORLANDO, Fla., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , today launched new, daily nonstop service from Indianapolis International Airport to Atlanta and Tampa, further expanding the low-fare carrier’s reach to more than 40 cities nationwide. To celebrate its latest addition to an already impressive playbook of routes, AirTran Airways teamed up with Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning and the Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Indiana to hold an inaugural event at Indianapolis International Airport this afternoon.

As part of a program that AirTran Airways dubbed “not a typical ribbon cutting for not a typical airline,” Manning and a Make-A-Wish “Wish Kid” were named honorary AirTran Airways’ Captains.

The highlight of the event came as the notoriously accurate Manning opened AirTran Airways’ gate to new service by throwing a football nearly 30 yards though a six foot hoop held by cheerleaders from the Indianapolis Colts. Joining Manning for his celebratory completion was a local child participating in the Make-A-Wish program. AirTran Airways surprised the courageous Wish Kid, an avid football fan who hopes to attend next year’s NFL Pro Bowl, by inviting him and his family to meet Manning as part of the inaugural festivities.

AirTran Airways is a regular partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and donates flights from Indianapolis for families that have been granted wishes from the organization. The airline also enables customers participating in A+ Rewards, AirTran Airways’ frequent-flier program, to donate earned credits for use by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Also on hand for the inaugural event was AirTran Airways Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joe Leonard; Indianapolis International Airport Director Patrick Dooley; Economic Development Director from the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office Gordon Hendry; and representatives from the Indianapolis business community.

“As a growing airport experiencing record travel numbers, we felt Indianapolis posed a valuable opportunity for AirTran Airways,” commented Joe Leonard. “Our industry-leading customer service and low fares make AirTran Airways a perfect fit for Indianapolis’ savvy travelers. We also believe our flights into Indianapolis will grow in popularity as the city continues to build its reputation as a major business and tourist destination.”

At the event, Gordon Hendry welcomed AirTran Airways to Indianapolis on behalf of the Mayor’s office and stated, “We know that Indianapolis will be a great market for AirTran with our strong base of travelers and historic traffic volumes to many of the cities in the AirTran Airways system. The competitive airfares offered by AirTran Airways will enforce our position as one of the least expensive airports in the country.”

Listed below are the new nonstop flights for Indianapolis:

Nonstop Service from Indianapolis

To Departs Arrives Frequency
Atlanta 6:00 a.m. 8:40 a.m. Daily
Tampa 10:40 a.m. 1:50 p.m. Daily
Atlanta 3:38 p.m. 6:13 p.m. Daily
Atlanta 7:40 p.m. 10:15 p.m. Daily

Nonstop Service to Indianapolis

From Departs Arrives Frequency
Atlanta 9:30 a.m. 10:05 a.m. Daily
Tampa 1:48 p.m. 3:03 p.m. Daily
Atlanta 6:30 p.m. 7:05 p.m. Daily
Atlanta 9:00 p.m. 9:35 p.m. Daily

AirTran Airways will offer the following new daily nonstop flight options to/from Indianapolis starting June 7, 2005:

Nonstop Service from Indianapolis

To Departs Arrives Frequency
Orlando 1:50 p.m. 4:55 p.m. Daily

Nonstop Service to Indianapolis

From Departs Arrives Frequency
Orlando 11:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Daily


AirTran Airways, one of America’s largest low-fare airlines with 6,000 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates over 500 daily flights to more than 40 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 (America Online Keyword: AirTran).


The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Through private donations and the efforts of more than 300 creative wish-granting volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana has granted over 1500 wishes throughout the state since its inception in 1983.

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