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Atlanta could grow into the largest operation in Southwest Airlines’ system nationwide after the carrier completes its proposed acquisition of AirTran Airways, AJC staffer Kelly Yamanouchi is reporting.

Bob Jordan, Southwest’s executive vice president of strategy and planning, said he thinks Southwest could eventually have “well more than the 202” daily flights AirTran operates out of Atlanta now, Yamanouchi writes.

Dallas-based Southwest last month announced its deal to acquire Orlando-based AirTran, which has its largest hub in Atlanta.

“It could turn out to be that Atlanta is the largest city in the Southwest network in a reasonable amount of time,” Jordan said Thursday at a media conference in Dallas.

Las Vegas is now Southwest’s biggest city, with 224 daily flights, Yamanouchi reports.

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c

October 29th, 2010
7:20 am

i’ve flown southwest. hated it. i’ll take delta anytime.

doug

October 29th, 2010
7:23 am

HERE COME THE HATEFUL COMMENTS TOWARD DELTA.. LOWER YOUR HEADS BOYS AND GIRLS!! i fly delta all the time….the people who say nasty things can stay with valu jet and southwest.

cind

October 29th, 2010
7:26 am

i love delta. they are not the “worst” airline, by any means…not sure who did that study but they need to fly more!!!! american, united, us airways = crap!!! guess you only know if you really fly!

GEORGIA97

October 29th, 2010
7:51 am

Delta, Southwest, American….who cares? Let’s just bring back the hot flight attendants like we had pre 9/11. These days if you’re sitting on the aisle you’re likely to suffer the “thunder thighs” shoulder injury or just be scared to death by the crew who looks like the Oakridge Boys with t*tties.

Charles Leeks

October 29th, 2010
7:52 am

I will miss Air Tran. Loved its seating plan and easy ability to upgrade. Southwest on the other hand, I avoid like the plague as seating is a crap shoot.. a bit better than it as when fights would break out with people jockeying for position. Air Tran seems so “civilized” compared to the wild, wild west character of Southwest. I will never fly Southwest to Atlanta… it will be Delta for me.

Praveen

October 29th, 2010
7:58 am

Airtran will be missed. It kept Delta honest with respect to business travel and direct flights to the west coast. If Southwest reduces direct flights to CA , then watch Delta hike prices. Also Southwest needs to let people go standby for free like Airtran did.

Dukester8

October 29th, 2010
8:23 am

All in all I think it is good for air travel. When Airtran first started in Atlanta they had good prices but as time went on I thought the prices were getting closer to Delta’s. I have bad experiences with just about all airlines. But overall Delta wins out.

Face facts

October 29th, 2010
10:02 am

When you are the largest airline in the World, you are going to have the most complaints. To be honest, most of those that complain most likely do so about everything else! Many of the passengers look like they could barely scrape up enough money for a ticket and then raise heck when they are not treated like first class customers. Proud to have Delta in ATL, and Southwest will be good for business too. Competition is a good thing!

J.B. STONER

October 29th, 2010
10:10 am

CAN WE LOAD ALL OF THE THUGS IN ATLANTA AND FLY THEM AWAY??