ATA, AirTran add new service from Midwest gates

WASHINGTON -- ATA, which is pulling out of Chicago (Midway) and focusing its scheduled service efforts in Indianapolis, said it will expand its service in Indianapolis Jan. 11 by adding five nonstop markets using 34-seat turboprop aircraft.

The new markets will be Evansville, Fort Wayne and South Bend in Indiana; Dayton, Ohio; and Milwaukee.

Meanwhile, AirTran said it will add five daily nonstop markets from Chicago (Midway) Jan. 11, independent of the airlines conditional deal to take over ATAs gates and operations at Midway. Currently, AirTran flies only to its Atlanta hub from Midway, with eight daily flights.

AirTrans new service will add Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota/Bradenton and Tampa, all in Florida.

AirTrans $89.5 million deal with ATA, under which it would assume operation of ATAs 14 gates at Midway, is still subject to approval by the city of Chicago and the bankruptcy court handling ATAs Chapter 11 case.

Chicago, which owns the gates, has told the court it expects to be given the final say on who gets to use them, and will require any airline using the gates to meet a minimum usage requirement of 1,000 scheduled departing seats per day, per gate.

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