AirTran Airways will start seasonal nonstop flights in May between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Los Angeles - a route that behemoth rival Southwest Airlines slashed in October.
AirTran, BWI's second-largest carrier, has made adding cross-country routes a priority. The airline will also resume seasonal flights in May from BWI to Seattle and Dallas.
AirTran's move comes as Southwest cut nonstop flights between BWI and Oakland, Calif., as well as Los Angeles, last fall. BWI's biggest carrier, Southwest still operates two direct daily flights to San Diego.