AirTran inaugurates Des Moines service

AirTran Airways has launched nonstop service between Des Moines, Iowa, and Orlando, Florida. To celebrate the inaugural flight, the airline hosted an event at the airport with a host of local leaders.

"By expanding our network to Des Moines, residents in the Hawkeye state now have a choice when planning their winter getaways to Orlando," said Loral Blinde, senior vice president of human resources and administration for AirTran Airways. "We recognized the need for a low cost carrier in Des Moines and the initial reaction has been spectacular."

Since announcing weekend service in November, response has been so strong that the airline will add a third flight to Orlando on May 4, 2010, for the summer.

"Having AirTran return to Des Moines is fantastic," said Jim Erickson, chairman, Des Moines International Airport Board. "We can already see the effect their presence is having on fares."

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