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AirTran Sees No Growth until 2011

ATLANTA (AP) - Discount carrier AirTran Airways doesn't expect
any overall growth for the next two years. But it plans to add
service in Milwaukee in a renewed effort to gain market share
there.

Chief Executive Robert Fornaro told a gathering of analysts at the Raymond James and Associates Growth Airline Conference that AirTran will cut capacity in 2009 and likely will be flat in terms of capacity in 2010. But he said that in 2011 it could grow at least 5 percent.

In the meantime, it will make a push in Milwaukee. Fornaro said AirTran wants to pick up service there following cuts made by Midwest Airlines.

Fornaro also said that AirTran would be adding service over the next two years to the Caribbean. New York-based JetBlue Airways Corp. has been expanding in the Caribbean as it scales back flights elsewhere.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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