AirTran Airways will launch daily nonstop flights from Flint to Ft. Myers Nov. 8 using 717s. Separately, AirTran flew 1.1 billion RPMs in July, up 39.4% over the year-ago period. Capacity climbed 32.6% to 1.36 billion ASMs and load factor was up 3.9 points to 80.8%. For the seven months ended July 31, RPMs rose 32.3% to 6.45 billion, ASMs increased 29.4% to 8.67 billion and load factor gained 1.6 points to 74.4%.

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