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AirTran Airways encourages Gulf Coast Rebuilding with Added Flight Schedule
 - The Airline's Partnerships with Mississippi Casinos Continue; New Services
                               Promote Growth -

ORLANDO, Fla., May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced the airline is adding additional nonstop service to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in response to the recovery and growth the area has seen since Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast last summer.

In an effort to encourage rebuilding of the Gulf Coast, the airline will restart nonstop service between Gulfport/Biloxi and Tampa on July 6, 2006. Additionally, the airline will restart nonstop service between Gulfport/Biloxi and Fort Lauderdale on August 29, 2006, the one-year anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. When the new schedule takes effect, AirTran Airways will fly to three cities with nonstop service from Gulfport/Biloxi: Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta.

"The residents of all the Gulf States affected by Hurricane Katrina have shown the rest of the country their mettle and dedication to rebuilding their communities and rising above the devastation of the storm," said Kevin Healy, AirTran Airways' vice president of planning. "AirTran Airways recognizes the growing demand for affordable air travel in the Gulf region and is honored to serve Gulfport/Biloxi travelers by offering increased service to the area."

Additionally, AirTran Airways has continued its partnerships with local casinos, and the services will provide customers of the Beau Rivage, the new Grand Casino Biloxi and the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino additional options for leisure travel. The airline's partnerships encourage increased air service to the region and allow AirTran Airways and its partners to aid in the ongoing Gulf Coast revitalization.

"Jet service into the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is key to rebuilding the destination," said George Corchis, president and COO of Beau Rivage, a division of MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM). "We are pleased to resume our long-standing partnership with AirTran Airways to provide daily nonstop jet service between these vital markets and the Mississippi Gulf Coast," he added.

"Harrah's, along with AirTran Airways, made a strong commitment today to the local community to help re-grow the Coast to a vibrant tourist and gaming destination," said Mickey Parenton, vice president of casino marketing, Harrah's Entertainment Gulf Coast Region, parent company of Grand Casino Biloxi (NYSE: HET).

"We are thrilled to partner with AirTran Airways to reintroduce direct flight service from the Tampa/St. Pete area to Gulfport/Biloxi," said Bradley Rhines, vice president of marketing & player development at the IP Hotel & Casino. "Florida is an important market for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and we are very enthusiastic about reestablishing these flights and welcoming our Tampa and Fort Lauderdale area guests back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast."

"I am very pleased that AirTran Airways will add new daily flights from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to Tampa and Fort Lauderdale," said U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS). "The commitment of AirTran Airways and its partners is a wonderful illustration of the spirit of business and industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and it's a great example of the optimism and confidence so many national and international businesses have in Mississippi's economic recovery."

"I believe that AirTran Airways' announcement that it will begin nonstop service from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to Tampa and Fort Lauderdale is very significant for the economic rebirth of the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina," said U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). "Air service to these cities was successful before the storm, and with the reopening of the Beau Rivage, new Grand Casino Biloxi and the IP Casino Resort, access to these markets sends a very positive message to the Nation that the Coast is back in business."

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Authority Chairman Travis Lott stated, "Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport welcomes the return of AirTran Airways' service to Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, two of our most important leisure and business markets. The private sector coalition between AirTran Airways, Beau Rivage, the new Grand Casino Biloxi and the IP Casino Resort will be a major stimulus to tourism, business and industry."

"The addition of these two new flights and cities will bring total seats available to 114 percent of pre-Katrina levels, and restore air service to all nonstop markets we had before the storm," said Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport director Bruce Frallic.

Effective July 6, 2006, AirTran Airways will offer the following nonstop flight options between Gulfport/Biloxi and Tampa:

              Nonstop Service between Gulfport/Biloxi and Tampa

          From              To        Flight  Departs    Arrives   Frequency

     Gulfport/Biloxi       Tampa       1902   4:06 p.m.  6:30 p.m.  Daily

          From              To        Flight  Departs    Arrives   Frequency

          Tampa       Gulfport/Biloxi  1901   3:12 p.m.  3:36 p.m.  Daily

Effective August 29, 2006, AirTran Airways will offer the following nonstop flight options between Gulfport/Biloxi and Fort Lauderdale:

          Nonstop Service between Gulfport/Biloxi and Ft. Lauderdale

          From              To        Flight  Departs    Arrives    Frequency

     Gulfport/Biloxi  Fort Lauderdale  1904   4:58 p.m.  7:49 p.m.   Daily

          From              To        Flight  Departs    Arrives    Frequency

     Fort Lauderdale  Gulfport/Biloxi  1903   3:30 p.m.  4:28 p.m.   Daily

AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America's largest low- fare airlines with 7,000 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates over 600 daily flights to 50 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways recently added the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 aircraft to create America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft and the only airline with Business Class and XM Satellite Radio on every flight. For reservations or more information, visit http://www.airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran).


    Media Contacts:  Tad Hutcheson
                     tad.hutcheson@airtran.com
                     678.254.7442

                     Judy Graham-Weaver
                     judy.graham-weaver@airtran.com
                     678.254.7448


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