Asheville, Knoxville, Atlantic City to Orlando flights from AirTran Airways

Friday, March 27, 2009, 9:19 by Aviation Correspondent

AirTran Airways, the low-cost airline headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the United States, is adding three new non-stop services to Orlando International Airport. AirTran Airways is launching new non-stop flights to Orlando International Airport from Atlantic City International Airport in Atlantic City in New Jersey; Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, North Carolina; and McGhee-Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The non-stop flights to Asheville, North Carolina, will start on June 11, 2009, and the non-stop flights to Knoxville in Tennessee and Atlantic City in New Jersey will commence on June 12, 2009.

AirTran Airways said it would use 117-seater Boeing 717 aircraft for the new services.

Kevin Healy, senior vice-president of marketing and planning of AirTran Airways, said in a statement that “travellers looking to escape colder climates for warm, sunny weather will be happy to know that AirTran Airways can get them there on non-stop flights with the lowest fares around.”

The new flight to Asheville – starting on June 11, 2009 – will leave Asheville at 1.10 p.m. and arrive in Orlando at 2.45 p.m. The flight will leave Orlando at 10.55 a.m. and reach Asheville at 12.35 p.m. The Orlando-Asheville service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays.

The Knoxville service – from June 12, 2009 – will leave Knoxville at 1.15 p.m. and land in Orlando at 2.55 p.m. The flight will leave Orlando at 10.55 a.m. and reach Knoxville at 12.40 p.m. The Orlando- Knoxville service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

As for the Atlantic City service – from June 12, 2009, – the flight is scheduled to leave Atlantic City at 8 a.m. and arrive in Orlando at 10.20 a.m. The flight will depart from Orlando at 5.30 p.m. and reach Atlantic City at 750 p.m.

The service from Atlantic City is to operate Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the return service from Orlando will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

With the addition of Knoxville and Asheville, the airline would be providing service to 61 destinations across the United States – including 33 non-stop flights to various cities from Orlando – AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, based in Orlando, said.

Introductory fares for the new services start at $69 and should be bought by April 16, 2009, and travel should be completed by June 25, 2009, AirTran said in the statement. Tickets can be booked at the websites www.airtran.com and www.flyavl.com

A first bag can be checked for a fee of $15 per person and a second bag may be checked for a fee of $25 per person, AirTran added.