Service by AirTran Airways from Sarasota will cease to exist in August of this year as part of the latest network paring down by the carrier's new owner Southwest Airlines.
Since closing on its acquisition of AirTran in May, Southwest has revealed it will shutter 16 markets. The latest six to be announced are Allentown and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lexington, Kentucky; Sarasota, Florida; Huntsville, Alabama; and White Plains, New York.
All of those markets are served with AirTran's 117-seat Boeing 717s .
AirTran serves the largest number of nonstop markets from Sarasota - Baltimore-Washington International airport, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Boston, Chicago Midway and Indianapolis, according to schedules in Innovata.
Sarasota is only 98km (61 miles) from Tampa, where Southwest has a significant presence, and serves all of AirTran's Sarasota markets nonstop with the exception of Atlanta and Boston. Southwest serves Providence, Rhode Island, which is 85km (53 miles) from Boston.
Orlando also features prominently in the markets being eliminated by Southwest-AirTran. Orlando is the only nonstop market served by AirTran from Allentown and Harrisburg, with 14 weekly flights in each market. Orlando is also the only market AirTran serves from Lexington, with four weekly flights.
From Huntsville AirTran operates 14 weekly flights to Baltimore-Washington International airport and seven to Orlando.
AirTran's three nonstop markets from White Plains are Orlando, Atlanta and West Palm Beach. The carrier offers 13 weekly flights to Atlanta, five to Orlando and 12 to West Palm Beach.