AirTran makes its way back to South Mississippi

By Jessica Bowman – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - AirTran is back. Friday, from the Gulfport Biloxi international airport, AirTran resumed its non-stop flights to Atlanta and Tampa.

AirTran Airways Boeing 717 landed on the runway once again, this time for good.

The Directory of Public Relations for AirTran, Christopher White, said, "Since leaving Gulfport about a year ago, we've really looked at the market closely, and we started charter service early last year. And the results have always been so good. Gulfport is just a city that really works for AirTran."

AirTran has linked with the IP Casino Resort and Spa, Harrah's Grand Casino and Aviation Advantage to continue service. Local officials say this is great news.

Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel said, "This big jet will be flying in and out of here three flights a week to Atlanta and three flights a week to St. Pete and Tampa area. What a great new addition to the flights here in Gulfport. We're glad to them back after 10 successful years."

The Executive Director of the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport, Bruce Frallic, said coast residents and those in surrounding areas now have access to the entire AirTran network.

"It's going to bring a lot of good low fares to about 50 cities out there plus a non-stop service and bring in a lot of tourists from those areas that we're so interested in getting people to come from like Atlanta and Tampa and the whole AirTran system," said Bruce Frallic.

Air Tran flights operate every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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