AirTran Airways (subsidiary of Southwest Airlines) (Orlando) has received route authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate new international flights between Chicago (Midway International Airport) and Cancun International Airport. AirTran will offer one daily nonstop flight between the two cities beginning on June 3, 2012, subject to Mexican government approval.
With a current average of 246 daily departures at Chicago Midway, the combined AirTran/Southwest is the second largest carrier in the Chicago region. AirTran and Southwest currently operate nonstop service between Chicago Midway and a total of 58 cities.
In other news, parent Southwest has started converting the AirTran Boeing 737-700 cabin configurations to the Southwest standard.
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