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AirTran to begin new daily Atlanta-Washington flight

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded AirTran Airways the right to begin a new daily flight between Atlanta and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. DOT awarded AirTran…

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded AirTran Airways the right to begin a new daily flight between Atlanta and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. DOT awarded AirTran exemptions to the slot limits which govern takeoffs and landings at Reagan National and said the carrier must begin its new service by Aug. 1.



In its decision, the Department said it selected AirTran’s proposal over those of four other carriers because it would provide the greatest competitive benefits according to DOT. Granting the exemptions to AirTran will enable the carrier to expand its low-fare service and should help it compete more effectively.



In addition to AirTran, the Department received applications from ATA Airlines for service from Chicago’s Midway International Airport; Comair for service from Little Rock, AR; Midwest Airlines for service from Milwaukee; and US Airways for service from Pensacola, FL.



The exemptions to the slot limitations at Reagan National were created to promote airline competition and enhance air service to the nation’s capital. One slot or slot exemption permits one daily takeoff or landing, and two exemptions are required for a single round-trip flight. In this case, the exemptions can only be used for service within the 1,250-mile perimeter that is imposed at Reagan National by statute.



The exemptions awarded to AirTran were made available when Spirit Airlines ceased service between Detroit and Reagan National on Jan. 9. The carrier was operating two of the 44 Reagan National exemptions created by the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21) and the Vision 100 – Century of Flight Aviation Authorization Act. All of these exemptions have been previously awarded by the Department.

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