ATLANTA, USA — AirTran Airways, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, on Thursday began daily nonstop service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and L.F. Wade International Airport in St George’s, Bermuda.
Passengers took part in a colourful celebration at the airport, featuring traditional Gombey dancers and a steel drum band. A special performance by the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders also wowed the crowd as part of the "Touchdown Bermuda" themed event. In addition to welcoming passengers, the cheerleaders were heading to Bermuda for their annual swimsuit calendar photo shoot.
Bermuda is the latest destination in AirTran’s international route network, which includes: Aruba, Cancun, Mexico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
"AirTran Airways is committed to providing our customers with excellent service and low fares to fantastic destinations like Bermuda," said John Kirby, AirTran Airways’ senior director of planning. "This new, daily service makes it easier than ever for our loyal customers to experience the famous hospitality, pink-sand beaches and unique island culture of Bermuda."
Atlanta becomes the second city in AirTran’s network to offer nonstop service to the island getaway. The low cost carrier began offering flights to Bermuda from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) last month.
"We are excited to partner with AirTran Airways in providing new service to our island," said Patrice Minors, Minister of Business Development and Tourism for Bermuda. "Atlanta is a wonderful US city with many Bermuda fans, friends and family residing there. We are happy that this service will help continue to build a relationship while offering travelers an easy escape to Bermuda."