AirTran Airways Reports Record Traffic In April

02 Mai 2007 [16:03h]     Bookmark and Share


AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today reported record traffic for the month of April 2007.

ORLANDO, Fla.–  The airline reported that revenue passenger miles (RPMs), passengers enplaned and available seat miles (ASMs) all represent new company records for the month of April.

For April, traffic grew by 18.5 percent to more than 1.4 billion RPMs based on a 21.5 percent increase in capacity. The company’s load factor for the month was 76.8 percent. The airline enplaned nearly 2 million passengers for the month, a 12.9 percent increase from April 2006.

„We are pleased to report another record-setting month for traffic on nearly 20 percent growth in capacity,“ said Kevin Healy, AirTran Airways‘ vice president of planning. „We continue to be encouraged by strong advanced bookings going into the busy summer travel season.“

In the month of April, AirTran Airways announced enhanced service from Las Vegas, Nev., with new nonstop service between McCarran International Airport and Akron/Canton Airport in Akron, Ohio; Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal, Ill.; Dayton International Airport in Dayton, Ohio; Flint/Bishop International Airport in Flint, Mich.; General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis.; Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill.; and Greater Rochester International Airport in Rochester, N.Y. These new routes will begin this summer. In May, the airline will begin new service to St. Louis, Mo.; San Diego, Calif.; and Charleston, S.C. Service to/from Portland, Maine will begin in June.

                      AirTran Airways April 2007 Traffic

                                     April 2007    April 2006      Change

    Revenue Passenger Miles (000)     1,427,321     1,204,653      18.5%

    Available Seat Miles (000)        1,858,100     1,528,681      21.5%

    Load Factor                           76.8%         78.8%      -2.0 points

    Passengers Enplaned               1,997,030     1,768,541      12.9%

                                     Y-T-D 2007    Y-T-D 2006      Change

    Revenue Passenger Miles (000)     5,075,440     4,264,920      19.0%

    Available Seat Miles (000)        7,065,231     5,850,425      20.8%

    Load Factor                           71.8%         72.9%      -1.1 points

    Passengers Enplaned               7,077,138     6,256,026      13.1%

AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America’s largest low- fare airlines with more than 8,500 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates more than 700 daily flights to 56 destinations. The airline’s hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways‘ aircraft features the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 and 717-200 to create America’s youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft and the only airline with Business Class and XM Satellite Radio on every flight. For reservations or more information, visit (America Online Keyword: AirTran).

Editor’s note: Statements regarding the Company’s operational and financial success, business model, expectation about future success, improved operational performance and our ability to maintain or improve our low costs are forward-looking statements and are not historical facts. Instead, they are estimates or projections involving numerous risks or uncertainties, including but not limited to, consumer demand and acceptance of services offered by the Company, the Company’s ability to maintain current cost levels, fare levels and actions by competitors, regulatory matters and general economic conditions. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings, including but not limited to the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006. The Company disclaims any obligation or duty to update or correct any of its forward-looking statements.

    Media Contacts:  Tad Hutcheson

                     Judy Graham-Weaver

                     Arne Haak (Financial)


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