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Friday, June 2

AirTran Airways Adding Coast Flights

AirTran Airways is adding additional nonstop service to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in response to the recovery and growth the area has seen since Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast last summer.

In an effort to encourage rebuilding of the Gulf Coast, the airline will restart nonstop service between Gulfport/Biloxi and Tampa, Fla., July 6, 2006. Additionally, the airline will restart nonstop service between Gulfport/Biloxi and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., August 29, 2006. When the new schedule takes effect, AirTran Airways will fly to three cities with nonstop service from Gulfport/Biloxi: Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta.

"The residents of all the Gulf States affected by Hurricane Katrina have shown the rest of the country their mettle and dedication to rebuilding their communities and rising above the devastation of the storm," said Kevin Healy, AirTran Airways' vice president of planning. "AirTran Airways recognizes the growing demand for affordable air travel in the Gulf region and is honored to serve Gulfport/Biloxi travelers by offering increased service to the area."
Additionally, AirTran has continued its partnerships with local casinos, and the services will provide customers of the Beau Rivage, the new Grand Casino Biloxi and the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino additional options for leisure travel.

"The addition of these two new flights and cities will bring total seats available to 114% of pre-Katrina levels, and restore air service to all nonstop markets we had before the storm," said Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport director Bruce Frallic.

Effective July 6, lights will leave Gulfport/Biloxi at 4:06 p.m., and arrive in Tampa at 6:30 p.m. Flights will in turn leave Tampa at 3:12 p.m., and arrive in Gulfport/Biloxi at 3:36 p.m.
Effective August 29, flights will depart Gulfport/Biloxi at 4:28 p.m., and arrive in Fort Lauderdale at7:49 p.m. Flights will depart Fort Lauderdale at 3:30 p.m., and arrive in Gulfport/Biloxi at 4:28 p.m.


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