May 8, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of AirTran Airways’ low fare service in Wichita. The day will be marked with celebrations in the main terminal and AirTran gate. Passengers will be treated to cake and refreshments in the gate. AirTran/Southwest representatives will also be on hand throughout the day to give away goodies to AirTran customers. The Prairie Rose Rangers will perform in the main terminal from 11 am – 2 pm, and a press conference will be held at 4 pm.
AirTran has lowered fares to Wichita’s top eastern destinations by an average of 25%, and has increased traffic to those destinations by 60%. While the U.S. average domestic fare has increased 8.3% since 2000, Wichita’s fare is 3.8% less than in 2000.
AirTran Airways was purchased by Southwest Airlines in May 2011 and expects to complete the integration process within the next few years. Southwest service is expected to begin in Wichita sometime in 2013.
AirTran has provided quality, low-fare service and has ranked #1 in the Airline Quality Rating the last two consecutive years.