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AirTran Airways was an American low-cost airline that was acquired by Southwest Airlines in 2014. Air Tran was based at Orlando International Airport (MCO) for the majority of the time that it flew but moved to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) when it was bought by Southwest.

At the time that it merged into Southwest, AirTran Airways operated nearly 700 daily flights. The airline flew a mix of domestic and international flights. Within the US, it mainly focussed on flying to destinations in the eastern and midwestern areas of the US. Internationally, it flew to destinations in Mexico and Central America.

AirTran launched in 1993, under the name Conquest Sun Airlines. A year after it launched, it rebranded to AirTran Airways. In 1997, the airline merged with another struggling US airline, ValuJet, and took on many of its flight routes. In the 2000s, the airline really expanded its domestic flight offering, launching a regional subsidiary brand (AirTran JetConnect) and launching many new routes to destinations in smaller cities.

In 2010, Southwest announced that it will buy AirTran Airways and acquire all of its routes. The merger took over four years and AirTran Airways was fully integrated into Southwest Airlines on December 28, 2014.

Looking for flights to the Caribbean Islands? AirTran Airways operates scheduled passenger flights throughout the Caribbean.


At the time that it merged with Southwest, AirTran Airways flew to more than 69 destinations across the US and to other parts of North America and Central America. This included destinations such as Mexico City, Punta Cana, Montego Bay, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Wichita, Grand Rapid, St.Louis, New York City, Houston, Burlington, Seattle, Charleston, and many more.

If you're looking to fly within the Caribbean, our guide to domestic flights around the Caribbean offers lots of helpful information, including an airline guide and FAQs.


Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix Airport
Bahamas Nassau Lynden Pindling Airport
Bermuda Bermuda L.F. Wade Airport
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana Airport
Jamaica Montego Bay Sangster Airport
Mexico Cabo San Lucas Los Cabos Airport
Mexico City Mexico City Airport
Cancún Cancún Airport
Puerto Rico San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín Airport


Alabama Huntsville/Decatur Huntsville Airport
Arizona Phoenix Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
California Los Angeles Los Angeles Airport
San Francisco San Francisco Airport
Santa Ana/Orange County John Wayne Airport
Colorado Denver Denver Airport
Connecticut Hartford/Springfield Bradley Airport
Florida Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport
Fort Myers Southwest Florida Airport
Jacksonville Jacksonville Airport
Palm Beach Palm Beach Airport
Pensacola Pensacola Airport
Key West Key West Airport
Miami Miami Airport
Orlando Orlando Airport
Sarasota/Bradenton Sarasota-Bradenton Airport
Tampa Tampa Airport
Georgia Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Airport
Illinois Bloomington Central Illinois Airport
Chicago Chicago Midway Airport
Moline Quad City Airport
Indiana Indianapolis Indianapolis Airport
Iowa Des Moines Des Moines Airport
Kansas Wichita Wichita Eisenhower National Airport
Kentucky Lexington Blue Grass Airport
Louisville Louisville Airport
Louisiana New Orleans Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport
Maine Portland Portland Jetport
Maryland Baltimore Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport
Massachusetts Boston Logan Airport
Michigan Detroit Detroit Metropolitan Wayne Airport
Flint Bishop Airport
Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford Airport
Minnesota Minneapolis/St. Paul Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport
Missouri Branson Branson Airport
Kansas City Kansas City Airport
St. Louis Lambert-Saint Louis Airport
Nevada Las Vegas McCarran Airport
New Jersey Atlantic City Atlantic City Airport
Newark Newark Liberty Airport
New York Buffalo Buffalo Niagara Airport
Newburgh Stewart Airport
New York City LaGuardia Airport
Rochester Greater Rochester Airport
White Plains Westchester Airport
North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte/Douglas Airport
Raleigh-Durham Raleigh-Durham Airport
Asheville Asheville Airport
Ohio Akron/Canton Akron-Canton Airport
Columbus Port Columbus Airport
Dayton Dayton Airport
Oklahoma Oklahoma City Will Rogers World Airport
Pennsylvania Allentown Lehigh Valley Airport
Harrisburg Harrisburg Airport
Philadelphia Philadelphia Airport
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Airport
Tennessee Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport
Memphis Memphis Airport
Texas Dallas/Fort Worth Dallas/Fort Worth Airport
Austin Austin Bergstrom Airport
Houston William P. Hobby Airport
San Antonio San Antonio Airport
Vermont Burlington Burlington Airport
Virginia Newport News Newport News/Williamsburg Airport
Norfolk Norfolk Airport
Richmond Richmond Airport
Washington D.C. Ronald Reagan Washington Airport
Washington D.C. Washington Dulles Airport
West Virginia Charleston Yeager Airport
Washington Seattle Seattle-Tacoma Airport
Wisconsin Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport


As of April 2021, AirTran's fleet consists of 140 aircraft:

  • 88 x Boeing 717-200 (117 per passenger) The largest operator of this aircraft
  • 52 x Boeing 737-700 aircraft (137 per passenger)

What Happened to ValuJet?

ValuJet was an airline that was established in 1993. ValuJet offered many domestic services across the US from its base in Georgia, as well as some international routes to Canada. After some difficult years of operations, the airline was grounded for a few months, before it returned with a smaller fleet and smaller route network. In 1997, the airline's parent holding company acquired AirTran Airways. One of the first courses of action that the company took was to merge ValuJet and AirTran Airways operations. AirTran Airways continued as the surviving brand and, therefore, the ValuJet name stopped being used with the merger.

Frequent Flyer

A+ Rewards

A+ Rewards was the frequent flyer program for AirTran Airways. It rewarded passengers loyal to the airline by giving members of A+ Rewards points each time they flew with the airline. These points could be used to spend on future flights with the airline. On top of this, members with an A+ Rewards membership were also given a range of other benefits, such as access to increased baggage allowances, priority check-in and more.

Airline Alliance

AirTran Airways wasn't a member of any airline alliance.

Codeshare Agreement

After Southwest bought AirTran in 2010, AirTran and Southwest created a codeshare agreement. This lasted up until 2014 when all AirTran routes were merged into Southwest.

Hub Airport

Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the main international airport in Orlando, Florida and was the hub airport for AirTran Airways. Air Tran used Orlando International as its main hub for the whole time that flew under the AirTran Airways name. It previously used Fort Lauderdale as its hub and, when it merged with Southwest, began using Dallas/Fort Worth as its hub. Orlando International has four runways, two terminal buildings and handles over 50 million passengers each year. AirTran also had secondary hubs at Atlanta, Baltimore and Milwaukee.

The 34 airlines flying to and from this hub airport include Air Tran Airways, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, American Eagle, JetBlue and Silver Airways.

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Can I book AirTran Airways flights online?

Yes, Alternative Airlines is an online flight search and booking site that makes it easy to find the flights that you're looking for. To begin, use the search bar at the top of the page, by entering Florida as your arrival airport, and the Caribbean airport you’ll be departing from.

Where does AirTran Airways fly to?

Air Tran Airways flies to a number of destinations within the Caribbeans including Aruba, Bahamas, Jamaican, Dominican Republic and more. It also flies international flights to Florida, Michigan, Georgia, and many others.

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