PORTLAND, Maine — Officials at the Portland Jetport say they’re thrilled by Southwest Airlines’s plan to buy its discount competitor AirTran because it will give Maine travelers access to Southwest’s routes.
Jetport director Paul Bradbury tells the Portland Press Herald they’ve wanted Southwest in the Portland mix for as long as he can remember.
On Monday it was announced that Southwest Airlines had agreed to buy AirTran, which serves Portland, for $1.4 billion.
Bradbury estimates about 400,000 passengers a year bypass the Portland airport to take advantage of lower fares or more direct flights from Manchester, N.H., or Boston’s Logan Airport, both of which are served by Southwest.
He says he believes the introduction of Southwest to Portland will end what he calls “the Logan Leakage.”