Southwest To Buy Airtran.

Purchase will get Southwest into the Atlanta market.

Southwest Airlines is buying AirTran Airways for $1.4 billion, giving Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport passengers more options for low-cost tickets without the fees other airlines have adopted.

Tad Hutcheson, a spokesman for Orlando-based AirTran, called it “a great day for AirTran Airways and Southwest Airlines.”

Southwest said the deal includes “significant opportunities to and from Atlanta, the busiest airport in the U.S. and the largest domestic market we do not serve.”

Southwest’s service in Atlanta can potentially stimulate more than 2 million new passengers and more than $200 million in consumer savings annually, Southwest said, citing an economic analysis by Campbell-Hill Aviation Group LLP.

9 comments

  1. ZazaPachulia says:

    So much for Airtran’s eagerly awaited broad expansion into the Caribbean… Hopefully this will lower fares for us…

  2. AnnaMarieBarquest says:

    This is a pretty cool purchase by Southwest. With all of the huge mergers and prices that are out of control on some routes, hopefully this will help. We fly a lot and usually not on their routes, but its nice to see a company fight for the people in this country that work hard that can’t always afford all of the extra fees that other airlines charge. AnnaMarie Barquest, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

  3. Scott65 says:

    Southwest is not a “hub-spokes” type operation. My guess is eventually some of the nonstop flights Airtran provides would go away. They want the routes to the Caribbean and Mexico as well as the increased presence at LGA and access at Reagan National. There is overlap in 32 cities

  4. chefdavid says:

    I was more excited to hear about Allegiant Air coming to Savannah, until I looked last night and saw they are only flying to Fl. I was hoping to catch a plane from Chattanooga. Oh well.

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