5:38 am April 22, 2011, by Henry Unger
It’s a date many Atlanta fliers have been waiting for.
Southwest Airlines said it plans to close its buyout of AirTran Airways on May 2, AJC reporter Kelly Yamanouchi writes.
The deal will bring Dallas-based Southwest to Atlanta and will eventually bring an end to Orlando-based AirTran, Yamanouchi writes. But for months after the closing, Southwest expects to maintain AirTran’s brand and policies, she reports.
Southwest is still waiting for clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice for the deal, but said Thursday it expects to receive all regulatory approvals by May 2, Yamanouchi writes.
Southwest also announced that Bob Jordan, executive vice president of strategy and planning, will become president of the AirTran subsidiary once the deal closes. He’ll oversee the operation as AirTran is folded into Southwest, a process that will take until 2013. Jordan will continue to be based in Dallas, Yamanouchi reports.
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