The FINANCIAL — AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), on November 10 announced the airline is preparing to move its operations to the newly constructed Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, Ind., effective November 12, 2008.
The AirTran Airways ticket counter will be located in lane eight in the Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal Building, where customers will enjoy skycap service and easy check-in at one of the eight available kiosks.
"Through the new airport, AirTran Airways is excited to offer its customers added convenience and comfort without compromising our commitment to low fares," said Kevin Healy, senior vice president of marketing and planning for AirTran Airways. "Our airline has always been popular with Indianapolis residents, and upgrading to a terminal in the new state-of-the-art airport will help us continue improving our service for our passengers."
Beginning November 11, all AirTran Airways passengers flying into Indianapolis after 8 p.m. will arrive at the new Indianapolis International Airport at gates B17, B21, B23 and B25. All flights arriving before 8 p.m. will land at the old airport until the transition is completed. Beginning November 12, all AirTran Airways flights will also depart from gates B17, B21, B23 and B25 at the new airport.
Adding artistic interest to the airline's gates on the "B" concourse is a PacMin 1:8 scale model of an AirTran Boeing 737-700 jet suspended from the ceiling. The model, measuring 13 feet 8 inches with a 7-foot wing span, is a prominent focal point for arriving and departing passengers to see.
"The new airport is the largest development initiative in the city of Indianapolis's history," said Patzetta Trice, spokesperson for the Indianapolis International Airport. "We are privileged to have AirTran Airways as part of this project, and their commitment to providing the highest quality customer service directly demonstrates what the new airport is all about."
Indianapolis International Airport is providing free transportation between the old and new airports during the first two weeks of transitioning to the new facility.
During the first week of AirTran's transition to the new airport (Nov. 12- 19), a free 24-hour airport shuttle service will be provided from the new terminal to travelers' cars at the old airport parking lot. During the second week (Nov. 20-27), free taxi vouchers will be issued, and passengers will be taken to their cars by cab.
The new Indianapolis airport is a $1.1 billion project that features a modern terminal building with new highway access, new and improved parking and support facilities and updated utilities and airside operations.