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By Andrea K. Walker | October 27, 2009
AirTran Airways will unveil a Baltimore Ravens Boeing 717 dubbed Ravens 1 this morning. The plane, which makes its debut at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, is painted purple and black with the Ravens logo on the tail of the plane. The plane will serve cities throughout AirTran's 60 destinations. The Ravens aircraft is the second football-themed plane in the AirTran fleet. It unveiled Falcons 1 two weeks ago, and it will soon introduce Colts 1.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Flights from Baltimore to Cancun will be offered under the Southwest Airlines banner starting in August, as the airline continues to rebrand routes formerly flown under AirTran Airways. The airline recently announced similar changes on flights from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to destinations such as Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau. Southwest acquired AirTran in May 2011. Flights from BWI to Cancun will come under Southwest starting Aug. 10, the company said. Flights to Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau begin July 1. Officials at BWI hope Southwest - the airport's largest carrier - will expand its portfolio of international flights out of the airport in coming years, and Southwest officials have said they are reviewing options to do so. krector@baltsun.com twitter.com/rectorsun
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March 31, 2010
A new baggage screening system will be demonstrated today at BWI Marshall Airport by airport officials, the Transportation Security Administration and AirTran Airways. The $39 million system, which includes a 14,000-square-foot addition to the terminal, was built to help accommodate growth at AirTran, the second-largest and fastest-growing airline at BWI. The new system includes a curbside check-in belt that merges with the baggage system at the ticket counter. It also has an explosive detection system, which works like an MRI to find weapons in bags.
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August 22, 2013
This past week, the Department of Justice sued to stop the merger between US Airways and American Airlines ( "Where was DOJ in Southwest - AirTran merger?" Aug. 15). One reason for the department's actions is because the merger would reduce competition at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, where the combined airline would control 69 percent of the flights. At BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Southwest Airlines, which acquired AirTran Airways in 2011, has a combined market share of roughly 70 percent.
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February 19, 2010
The number of passengers who flew last year through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport increased 2.3 percent compared to the previous year — one of only two airports among the 25 largest in the continental United States that showed growth, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley. The airport saw 20.9 million airline passengers last year despite the impact of the recession on travel. In the past six months, the airport has seen passenger numbers climb 8.4 percent, the administration reported.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
Southwest Airlines will add two destinations next spring to its schedule of flights from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the carrier announced Monday. On April 14, AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest, will begin daily service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, pending government approval. Southwest will offer three daily nonstop flights to Flint, Mich., from BWI. In addition, three AirTran destinations will convert to Southwest, beginning the same day: Charlotte, N.C.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Portland, Maine.
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November 18, 2009
ATLANTA - It soon will be harder to avoid advertising if you fly on one major carrier. AirTran Airways is installing ads on the bottom of seat-back tray tables on all its planes. Passengers have to keep the tray tables in their upright, locked position, during the beginning and end of their flights. That means an unimpeded view of the ads, which AirTran hopes will bring in millions of dollars in new revenue at a time when much of the industry has been reeling amid the economic slowdown.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Flights from Baltimore to Cancun will be offered under the Southwest Airlines banner starting in August, as the airline continues to rebrand routes formerly flown under AirTran Airways. The airline recently announced similar changes on flights from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to destinations such as Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau. Southwest acquired AirTran in May 2011. Flights from BWI to Cancun will come under Southwest starting Aug. 10, the company said. Flights to Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau begin July 1. Officials at BWI hope Southwest - the airport's largest carrier - will expand its portfolio of international flights out of the airport in coming years, and Southwest officials have said they are reviewing options to do so. krector@baltsun.com twitter.com/rectorsun
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July 11, 2012
Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways announced Wednesday that they will add as many as four daily nonstop flights between BWI Marshall Airport and Fort Lauderdale, beginning Sept. 6. The additional flights mean the merged airlines will be running up to 10 daily round trips between the two cities. The new flights will be offered through the end of Southwest's published schedule on Feb. 13. As a promotion, AirTran is offering fares as low as $59 one-way on many flights between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Fort Lauderdale between Sept.
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By The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
AirTran Airways announced this week that it will offer nonstop weekend flights between BWI Marshall Airport and Aruba starting December 17. According to BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean, the Saturday and Sunday service is the first new international route launched by AirTran since it became a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines. Dean noted in a statement that with the new service, Aruba becomes the sixth nonstop international or Caribbean destination offered by AirTran from BWI, after Bermuda; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cancun, Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
Security checkpoints at the two busiest concourses at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport will be temporarily closed at separate times this week to allow for construction, officials said. The two checkpoints serve airline gates for Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways, which account for more than 70 percent of the airport's passenger traffic. The Concourse B security checkpoint is scheduled to be closed on Monday from 1 p.m. until Tuesday at 4 a.m. The checkpoint at Concourse A will remain open.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Higher airfares and lower fuel prices combined to give Southwest Airlines $59 million in first-quarter net profits, or 8 cents a share, beating Wall Street's predictions. The Dallas-based airline's earnings fell 40 percent from $98 million, or 13 cents a share, of a year ago. Revenue rose 2.3 percent to a record $4.1 billion. The report exceeded the First Call consensus estimate of 2 cents per share. Southwest and its subsidiary AirTran Airways are the largest carriers at BWI Marshall Airport, accounting for 71 percent of all commercial passenger traffic.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
Southwest Airlines will add two destinations next spring to its schedule of flights from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the carrier announced Monday. On April 14, AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest, will begin daily service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, pending government approval. Southwest will offer three daily nonstop flights to Flint, Mich., from BWI. In addition, three AirTran destinations will convert to Southwest, beginning the same day: Charlotte, N.C.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Portland, Maine.
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July 11, 2012
Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways announced Wednesday that they will add as many as four daily nonstop flights between BWI Marshall Airport and Fort Lauderdale, beginning Sept. 6. The additional flights mean the merged airlines will be running up to 10 daily round trips between the two cities. The new flights will be offered through the end of Southwest's published schedule on Feb. 13. As a promotion, AirTran is offering fares as low as $59 one-way on many flights between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Fort Lauderdale between Sept.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2012
For the first time in nearly two decades, Southwest Airlines, the biggest commercial carrier at BWI, does not sit atop the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index. The top spot was claimed by JetBlue Airways, with a satisfaction score of 81 on a 100-point scale. Southwest scored 77, its lowest mark in five years. The index has been tracking American consumer satisfaction since 1994. It is compiled after interviews with about 80,000 people on a range of products and services.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
For the second year in a row, passenger traffic set records at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, with 22.39 million ticket holders passing through the gates in 2011. The 2.1 percent increase came as airport officials launched a $100 million renovation designed to streamline security check-ins, eliminate a major passenger bottleneck and give Southwest Airlines, the airport's No. 1 carrier, room to grow. BWI handled 2.2 million passengers in July, a record, while cargo shipments in 2011 grew by 5.3 percent to 237.6 million pounds, state officials said Wednesday.
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January 21, 2002
AirTran Airways adding daily flights to three cities AirTran Airways, which began service from Baltimore-Washington International Airport in December, is adding daily nonstop flights from BWI to Rochester, N.Y., and to Fort Myers and Tampa, in Florida. Nonstop service to Fort Myers will begin Feb. 5, and a second daily flight will be added Feb. 14. Flights to Tampa and Rochester will begin March 14. The carrier also offers nonstop service to Atlanta and Boston and Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando, in Florida, with connections to more than 20 cities from its hub in Atlanta.
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By The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
AirTran Airways announced this week that it will offer nonstop weekend flights between BWI Marshall Airport and Aruba starting December 17. According to BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean, the Saturday and Sunday service is the first new international route launched by AirTran since it became a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines. Dean noted in a statement that with the new service, Aruba becomes the sixth nonstop international or Caribbean destination offered by AirTran from BWI, after Bermuda; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cancun, Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2011
The number of passengers flying through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport rose 4.7 percent in 2010 to 21.9 million, setting an annual record, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday. BWI Marshall has seen consistent growth in numbers of passengers since spring 2009. The airport had set eight consecutive monthly records as of December. Last year's passenger count broke the previous annual record of 21 million passengers in 2007. Southwest Airlines, the airport's leading carrier, served more than 11.7 million passengers in 2010, a 7.4 percent increase over 2009.
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