Sunday Febuary 12, 2012, Southwest Airlines changed the way Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport operates with 15 Southwest flights direct from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Watch out Delta, they are just getting started. Southwest Airlines launched service to Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Denver and Houston Hobby.
Watch Out Delta – Atlanta Is Under Attack From Southwest
Southwest Airlines will continue to shake up the power structure in Atlanta throughout 2012. In March they will start flights to Las Vegas and Phoenix directly competing with Delta and US Airways traffic. In June they will begin competing on the Los Angeles routes. Then in August they will start service to Norfolk, Louisville and Seattle/Tacoma.
What Will This Mean To Airtran Flights From Atlanta
AirTran will continue flying in some form for a couple of years, as Southwest gradually converts AirTran planes into the Southwest fleet. You can still buy tickets on AirTran through AirTran’s website, you can still check in for AirTran flights at AirTran ticket counters and fly on AirTran planes. Southwest acquired AirTran last year, is operating it as a subsidiary and expects to get a single operating certificate from the federal government in March, giving it clearance to combine the two airlines and begin in earnest the process of converting AirTran’s flight operations into Southwest over the next couple of years. Seattle will be the first AirTran operation that Southwest will fully convert to Southwest service, effective in August.
Discontinued Airtran Flights From Atlanta
From Atlanta Business Chronicle…
Southwest has announced it is discontinuing AirTran’s flights from Atlanta to White Plains, N.Y.; Sarasota, Fla.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Newport News, Va.; Dulles International in Washington, D.C.; and Bloomington/Normal in Illinois.
What Will Happen To Airtran A+ Rewards
Do not worry about your Airtran A+ rewards, if you have any. They will be merged into Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program. The details of the conversion are still being worked out.
Southwest Airlines will bring continued competition to the Atlanta airport. While the A+ program will go away sometime in the near future, you can be assured by Southwest that their Rapid Rewards program will absorb the A+ program members.