AirTran’s expansion in Milwaukee will continue, but AirTran is getting help from a regional carrier to grow.

AirTran has formed a partnership with SkyWest Airlines, in which SkyWest will operate thrice-daily service between Milwaukee and six destinations: Pittsburgh; St. Louis; Indianapolis; Akron-Canton, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; and Omaha, Neb.

Pittsburgh and St. Louis service starts Dec. 4, Indianapolis and Akron-Canton service starts Jan. 5, and Des Moines and Omaha flights begin Feb. 11.

SkyWest will fly its own 50-seat Bombardier regional jets and operate the Milwaukee routes under its own brand. SkyWest will assume fuel costs and maintain all revenue and pricing responsibility.

AirTran customers can buy seats on SkyWest-operated flights through normal AirTran distribution channels. Revenue will be shared with SkyWest on a prorated basis, said AirTran.

Meanwhile, AirTran will launch twice-daily service from Milwaukee to Dallas-Fort Worth on April 6. Also on that date, AirTran will expand Washington Reagan National service to thrice daily.

By June, AirTran will be operating 38 flights per day from Milwaukee, not including the SkyWest flights.

SkyWest has 287 aircraft in its fleet, according to its website. It mainly operates regional jet service for United Express and Delta Connection.

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