AirTran cuts flights to Charleston, South Carolina

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AirTran Airways plans to eliminate service from its Atlanta hub to Charleston, South Carolina on 3 December.

The carrier launched the route in May 2007 with Boeing 717 aircraft. It offers two daily flights during the off-peak season and four daily roundtrips during peak US summer months, a carrier spokeswoman explains.

AirTran competes with rival Delta in the market. Delta offers both regional jet service with Bombardier CRJ700/900 aircraft operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines and mainline jet service with Boeing 737-800s and MD-88s.

AirTran's spokeswoman says the carrier is evaluating where to redeploy the aircraft currently operating in the Atlanta-Charleston market.

In August of this year AirTran relocated to concourse B at Charleston International Airport.

At the time AirTran unveiled its intent to introduce service to Charleston in February 2007 the carrier said it decision to inaugurate flights in the market was the result of an online survey that asked customers: "Where do you want low fares next?"

AirTran said Charleston was among the top cities in the race to be added to its network.

A report in the local Charleston paper The Post and Courier cites officials from the local Chamber of Commerce who state AirTran was not able "to achieve the level they needed" for the route to be economically viable for the airline.