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AirTran Airways takes action in difficult operating environment


AirTran Airways has reduced its workforce by 169 pilots, as part of plans to gain USD16 million in labour savings by reducing its workforce by more than 5% (equating to approximately 280 job reductions).

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  • Downgraded by Standard and Poor's on liquidity and profitability concerns
  • Reports all-time record August traffic
  • Capacity growth slows as priority shifts to profitability
  • Orlando headquarters agreement in doubt
  • Requests expansion authority to launch service to Cancun

Graphs and data:

  • North American airline employee cuts summary: at Sep-08
  • AirTran operating margin (%): 2Q05 to 2Q08
  • AirTran monthly passenger traffic (millions) and load factor (%): 12 months to 31-May-07 vs 12 months to 31-May-08
  • AirTran traffic highlights for eight months to 30-Aug-08
  • North America carriers domestic passenger capacity for the eight months ended 31-Aug-08
  • AirTran Airways capacity (ASK) growth: Jan-04 to Aug-08
  • Air Tran largest domestic markets (by capacity - seats): Week commencing 29-Sep-08
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