AirTran Airways Continues Expansion to Sunny Spots

Low Cost Airline Adds New Nonstop Jet Service between Tampa and Key West and Additional Service to Popular Leisure Destinations

ORLANDO, Fla. – AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced new nonstop service from Tampa to Key West, as well as additional flights to several of its most popular, warm and sunny locations, including Tampa, San Juan, Phoenix and Orlando beginning this winter. 

AirTran Airways Brings Back Scheduled Service to Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss.

Low Cost Leader Adds Flights to Atlanta and Tampa

ORLANDO, Fla. – AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today resumed scheduled service from Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss., to the carrier's hub in Atlanta and added new service from Gulfport/Biloxi to Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Airport Board of Directors Pick Joseph W. Lopano as New CEO

The Tampa International Airport five-member board of directors has selected Dallas executive vice president Joseph W. Lopano as Tampa’s new chief executive officer. The members held a special meeting to discuss the final two candidates and select a finalist. 

The members were very impressed with both candidates and spoke very highly of Lester Robinson, former Detroit Metropolitan Airport. However, it was a unanimous vote for Lopano. 

Airport board members include:

Airport Board Appoints Wheat as Interim Executive Director

Tampa – At its monthly board meeting, the Tampa International Airport board of directors voted unanimously to accept the 14-year executive director Louis E. Miller’s resignation and appoint deputy executive director John Wheat as his interim replacement effective March 5. 

The Aviation Authority Welcomes New Board Members and Announces Reorganization

TAMPA – State of Florida Governor Charlie Crist has appointed attorney Steven G. Burton and surgeon Dr. Joseph F. Diaco to the Aviation Authority to serve on the five-member board at Tampa International Airport. 

Both Burton and Diaco will serve terms that began July 15 and will end July 1, 2013. Burton is an attorney with Broad and Cassel Attorneys at Law and Diaco is a retired surgeon. 

Tampa International Airport Recipient of the First ACC Excellence in Procurement Award

Washington, DC – Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida became the first ever recipient of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Excellence in Procurement Award. The Award was presented at the 2009 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium in Denver, Colorado during a luncheon on February 26, 2009. The Award recognizes an airport or airport sponsor that demonstrates excellence in procurement and contracting practices. 

Tampa International Airport Ready to “Get to Work” with Stimulus Funds

Tampa, FL – On Friday, March 20, Airport officials were informed by U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (Florida’s 11th Congressional District) that Tampa International will receive 8 million dollars in airport improvement funds, a part of the $787 billion federal stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds provide for a portion of the $52 million required for the “Taxiway B Reconstruction and Bridge” project.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Completion of Air Cargo Road

Media Alert

WHO: The City of Tampa and the Tampa International Airport are ready to open the new Air Cargo Road to public access. The new tree lined, four-lane divided road will serve as the primary north-south access for the Airport’s east side development area. The 1.4 mile Cargo Road extension connects Ohio Avenue to Hillsborough Avenue. 

New Nonstop Service to TPA & JAX Airports

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport today announced that Continental Airlines will begin nonstop service to Tampa (TPA) and Jacksonville (JAX), FL, beginning June 1, 2009. Service will begin by operating three days a week in each market. Flights are supported by Grand Casino Biloxi and IP Casino Resort but seats are also available to the general public and on sale now. 

John F. Kennedy International Airport Wins Overall Griesbach Award of Excellence in 2009 ACI-NA Concessions Contest

19 Airport Concession Awards Presented

INDIANAPOLIS — Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today recognized John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 5 – JetBlue Airways as the Richard A. Griesbach Award of Excellence winner in the 2009 Airport Concessions Contest. John Cugasi, Director of Concessions and Retail, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, was also recognized as ACI-NA’s Concessions “Person of the Year.”

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