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The battle for Milwaukee spreads to Seattle

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2008 at 1:29 pm with No Comments »
January 31, 2008 1:29 pm

Milwaukee. A couple of years ago, you couldn’t get there from here at least if you were looking for a non-stop flight.

Now two airlines, Midwest and AirTran, are competing on the route.

Milwaukee is Midwest Airlines’ hub. It established the route to Seattle several months ago. But it got company when AirTran Airways announced recently that it will start seasonal service between Milwaukee and Seattle beginning May 6.

AirTran, which unsuccessfully tried to take over Midwest, now is moving into Midwest’s home territory. AirTran has also announced flights from Milwaukee to San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego in addition to several eastern destinations.

The new AirTran non-stop leaves Seattle at 11:35 a.m. and reaches Milwaukee at 5:10 p.m. The return flight departs at 8:40 p.m. and reaches Seattle at 10:45 p.m.

Expect some competitive price cutting on that route as AirTran tries to steal Midwest passengers. Keep Milwaukee in mind, too, if prices to Chicago begin inflating. Milwaukee is closer to some northern Chicago suburbs than Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare airports.

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