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AirTran Airlines to keep Wichita service as Southwest

January 13, 2012

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— Kansas officials say AirTran Airlines will continue flying out of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport as it transitions to Southwest Airlines.

The announcement Friday at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce came amid questions about whether the airport would continue service with the low-cost airline after Southwest purchased AirTran. Gov. Sam Brownback and local leaders were on hand for the announcement.

Officials say the move will help keep down the cost of airfares out of Wichita.

KWCH-TV reports AirTran first came to Wichita in 2006 as part of the city's "Fair Fares" program, which provided a revenue guarantee.

Since then, the city and Sedgwick County each has provided $812,000 in subsidies on top of the $4.8 million the airline received from the state.

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KS 2 years, 3 months ago

I am a big fan of SWA. They know how to run the trains on time.

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gccs14r 2 years, 3 months ago

How many other airlines are receiving subsidies to service Wichita, and how does the total subsidy compare with that given to Amtrak to provide service there?

Funny how the Republicans are all about the free market, until they aren't.

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LadyJ 2 years, 3 months ago

Air Tran and Southwest, cheapest way to fly your pet.

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