Southwest Airlines has confirmed its intent to retain AirTran Airways’ operations at an additional 15 U.S. domestic airports and seven international airports, but Southwest is dropping six AirTran destinations. Over time, Southwest will convert AirTran’s flights to Southwest operations at the 53 AirTran cities it has decided to keep.

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The airline is offering introductory fares from $51.99 (plus government fees) between Newport News and Orlando Sanford, as well as introductory one-way fares from $84.99 (again before government fees) between Lexington and Las Vegas.

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Allegiant Air is launching twice-weekly non-stop jet service between Lexington, Kentucky and Fort Lauderdale on November 17.

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Allegiant Air is launching twice-weekly nonstop service between Lexington, Kentucky and Las Vegas on November 16, using Boeing 757-200s.

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Delta Air Lines will launch twice-daily non-stop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky on September 7.

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Low-cost carrier Allegiant Air will establish a new base at Orlando International Airport (MCO) on February 1, 2010 and will initially serve 10 U.S. cities from the base.

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AirTran Airways will begin nonstop service between Lexington, Kentucky and Florida destinations Fort Lauderdale and Orlando on February 11 and February 12, 2010, respectively.

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