AirTran Ends Service at Dallas-Ft. Worth on November 21

AirTran will end service at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) as of Nov. 21, as Southwest continues integrating operations in the wake of its acquisition of AirTran. Eventually the two airlines will become one, but for now they continue to operate as separate entities with separate websites.

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How AirTran DFW Passengers can Still Fly to Atlanta

With DFW soon out of the mix, AirTran customers have four options for flights to Atlanta in the coming months:

  1. Fly Southwest from Dallas Love Field to Atlanta via Greenville-Spartanburg
  2. Fly Southwest from Dallas Love Field to Atlanta via or Birmingham
  3. Fly direct via American
  4. Fly direct via Delta

For those willing to wait, Southwest will begin direct flights to Atlanta from Love Field on Feb. 12.

More Changes for AirTran

Frequent flyers with AirTran have likely noticed other changes, some popular, some less so. These include initial steps at integrating the two carriers’ miles programs:

  • AirTran and Southwest elite members now have a reciprocal tier matching program: AirTran elites can now receive elite status for use on Southwest flights and vice versa

AirTran Adopts Too Fat to Fly Rule

Less popular: AirTran’s adoption of Southwest’s “customer of size” policy, sometimes known as the “too fat to fly” rule. It requires passengers who cannot fit in a single seat to purchase a second. Until the integration, AirTran had no policy regarding larger passengers.


Published: November 8, 2011