AirTran expects to increase Phila.-Fla. flights|
AirTran Airways expects to increase the number of flights it has on its three routes between Philadelphia and Florida this winter, and may start service to a fourth city in the state, officials said today. AirTran has 19 flights a day from Philadelphia, including service to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, Fla., and could add West Palm Beach or Fort Myers service, said Kevin Healy, vice president of planning. High fuel costs have limited where the airline can expand, although it is still one of the nation's fastest-growing carriers, he said. AirTran reported a third-quarter net loss of $4.3 million, or 5 cents a share, on revenue of $487.3 million, compared to a profit of $964,000, or 1 cent a share, on revenue of $374.6 million, in the same three months last year. Revenue was reduced by $15 million to $290 million by the additional security and carry-on baggage requirements placed on airlines by federal regulators in August, Healy said.