AirTran will begin offering nonstop flights from BWI-Marshall Airport to Aruba at the end of the year.
The airline, now a subsidiary of Southwest, begins the service on Dec. 17. It will be the sixth international destination or Caribbean route from Baltimore offered by AirTran. In April, the airline began nonstop service to Bermuda. It also offers flights to Cancun, Montego Bay, Nassau and San Juan.
"Travelers from throughout this region will enjoy nonstop access to Aruba, with its world-renowned beaches, outstanding weather, and island hospitality," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, executive director of BWI Marshall Airport. "Aruba joins a number of other international destinations easily accessible from BWI Marshall."
Flights to Aruba will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays and will depart from Terminal A/B, where AirTran plans to relocate near the end of the year, according to BWI officials.
Introductory fares start at $159 each way and are good for travel through March 14, but must be booked by Sept. 16. Blackout dates apply - there are about a dozen - and fares do not included taxes and fees, of course.
The announcement comes amid the search for a missing woman who traveled to Aruba from Frederick. Authorities believe Robyn Gardner is dead and her partner, Gary V. Giordano, of Gaitherburg, is being detained by police on suspicion of involvement in her disappearance.