ATA suspends flights to three cities

Discount airline ATA has announced that it is suspending service to and from Indianapolis, Denver and San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 10, 2006.

The airline, currently operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, cited fluctuating demand and rising fuel costs as the main reasons behind the decision.

Subodh Karnik, senior vice president of ATA, said: “We must always balance our ability to generate sufficient revenue on each particular route against its operating costs.

“In Denver alone, carriers such as Ted, Frontier and now Southwest Airlines are intensifying competition.”

Discount airline Southwest’s recent decision to serve Denver after a 20-year absence has caught many airlines off guard and a number have already dropped flights to the city from their schedules.

It is a major shake-up for ATA as Denver and Indianapolis are two of its largest markets. ATA flies to the majority of its destinations from both cities.

Customers with tickets for these routes beyond January 9 will be given a full refund and help in finding alternative travel arrangements.

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