AirTran and city of Atlanta agree 7-year facilities lease

AirTran Airways and the city of Atlanta have announced a seven-year master lease agreement for the airline to continue operating from facilities at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

AirTran, based in Orlando, operates a hub at Hartsfield-Jackson and has a considerable economic impact on the city, state and region. The low-fare airline is the 25th largest employer in Atlanta and employs more than 6,000 crewmembers in the state.

"Finalising our long-term lease with the city of Atlanta brings economic certainty to the airline and sets the platform for future growth," said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways’ chairman, president and chief executive officer. "This agreement is good for the city, AirTran Airways and fans of low fares around the nation."

AirTran has a major presence in the metro Atlanta area. In addition to flight operations at the airport, the airline also operates pilot and flight attendant bases, a maintenance hangar and base, two reservations centres, marketing and sales, security offices and corporate and flight training centres in the area.

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