ATA Airlines, an independent carrier based in Indianapolis, shut down operations yesterday after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday. The airline, which began flying in 1973, blamed the shutdown on the loss of a military charter contract. ATA operated 29 aircraft, serving 10,000 passengers per day. Its 2,230 employees were notified that their positions had been eliminated. It is the second US carrier to shut down this week--Aloha Airlines closed up shop on Monday ...

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