(Moline/Quad Cities)  A small private Cessna aircraft which originated from Chicago-Midway, landed today at the Quad City International Airport at approximately 11:00 a.m. with two passengers aboard.  Upon landing, their aircraft exited the runway and flipped into the snow, causing only minor injuries.  The pilot from Missouri and one passenger from Kansas were taken to a local hospital.  Our first priority was tending to the passengers.  Our second priority then became removing the aircraft from its location, in order to re-open our main runway to commercial traffic (arrivals and departures.) This caused a handful of delays for commercial airline arrivals and departures late this morning and into the noon hour.

The main runway at the QCIA re-opened for commercial arrivals and departures shortly after 1:00 p.m.  There were four commercial aircraft diversions to other regional airports while the runway was closed.  Three of the four inbound aircraft relocated back to the QCIA once the main airport runway re-opened.  One inbound flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul diverted to Cedar Rapids, but did not relocate to the Quad Cities.  However, there was out-bound aircraft for those Minneapolis-St. Paul passengers who were waiting to depart here in the Quad Cities.

Officials at the Quad City International Airport would like to thank all affected travelers for their patience today.  Officials and public safety personnel attended to this matter as quickly as possible, with safety for all in mind during this process.

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Allegiant Air's ticket counter hours have changed now that they are operating their flights to Las Vegas.

Tickets will be sold 1 hour after their Las Vegas departure, from 8:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m., at the Allegiant Air/Charter Counter on the public side of the airport terminal.

Allegiant Air currently offers nonstop flights to Las Vegas on both Thursdays & Sundays. Those flights began last week. Nonstop flights to Phoenix-Mesa will begin on Thursday, November 18th and will also operate with an arrival and a departure on Thursdays & Sundays.

325 Daily Seats to Atlanta Remain

MOLINE, IL (August 10, 2010) -- Late this morning, the Metropolitan Airport Authority was officially notified by AirTran Airways that service would be discontinued from Moline to Atlanta, effective November 30, 2010. Service to Orlando, the world's most popular tourist destination, will continue with four non-stop flights per week.

AirTran will begin new non-stop service from the Quad Cities to Fort Myers, FL beginning in the first quarter of 2011. The flight schedule for the Fort Myers service has not yet been announced. Preliminary discussions indicate Fort Myers service would be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, complimenting the Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday service to Orlando.

AirTran's difficult decision comes after years of strong competition in the Moline/Atlanta marketplace. Delta continues to offer five daily non-stop flights to and from Atlanta on 65-seat aircraft with first class options, convenient flights times, low matching fares and strong global connection opportunities with over 1,000 departures to 226 non-stop destinations from Atlanta.

"Although we are disappointed with AirTran's decision regarding Atlanta," says Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation, "we are pleased that they will be maintaining service to Orlando and adding a new non-stop destination for our Fort Myers passengers."

The Airport Authority continues to explore new non-stop opportunities with AirTran, American, United and Delta, as well as advocating bringing additional new low-cost carriers into the marketplace. The Quad City International Airport remains a strong regional competitive choice for nearly one million travelers annually, with non-stop service to eight major hubs.


-Airline to Discontinue Atlanta Service and Add Non-Stop Flights to Fort Myers-

MOLINE, Ill., (August 10, 2010) - AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), and Quad Cities International Airport today announced changes to the low-cost carrier's flight schedule.

AirTran Airways flights from Quad Cities to Atlanta will be discontinued on November 30, 2010.

The airline will begin new service from Quad Cities to Fort Myers, Fla., in the first quarter of 2011. "We are making adjustments to our flight schedule to better serve our passengers," said John

Kirby, AirTran Airways' senior director of strategic planning and scheduling. "Our new high-quality, low-cost service to Fort Myers will make getting to one of the most popular destinations on the West coast of Florida easier than ever."

AirTran Airways will continue to offer service from Quad Cities to Orlando, the world's most popular tourist destination, four times per week. "We are excited to maintain the Orlando non-stop flights and add the new non-stop service to Fort Myers in the first quarter of 2011. Orlando and Fort Myers are popular Florida destinations that many of our passengers from Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois will utilize," said Bruce Carter, director of aviation, Quad Cities International Airport. "AirTran and the Quad City airport have been excellent partners in providing low-cost air service for the past 13 years and will continue to explore additional non-stop service opportunities."

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI) and a Fortune 1000 company, has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past three years. AirTran Airways is the only major airline with Gogo Inflight Internet on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Our low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit www.airtran.com.



More flights to be added in June, 2010

( Moline/Quad Cities) March enplanements at the Quad City International Airport exceeded 40,000 passengers,  Bruce Carter announced today at the Metropolitan Airport Authority monthly board meeting. "While this was technically the fourth best March on record, we consider any month that we enplane forty-thousand passengers or more to be a very strong travel month," Carter said. 41,296 passengers were enplaned which is up 3% over last March. The airport is up 1% overall compared to last year. Last month, spring break travelers filled the parking lot and the perimeter, which was expanded in 2009.

Earlier this month, Delta added more flights to two existing cities. On April 6, flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul increased from two to three flights per day. An additional flight was added to Atlanta the same day. In early June, one additional Memphis and Detroit flight will be added to the current schedule. "We are very pleased that these flights have been added this month," Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation, said. "Once the Memphis and Detroit flights are added in June, we will have a total of 220 additional seats into the daily schedule. This gives our travelers more choices when making their plans."

AirTran Airways has made a change to their 5:35 a.m. departure to Atlanta. Effective April 6, the departure time changed to 6:35 a.m.  On May 27, the AirTran afternoon arrival that currently returns from Atlanta in the 5:00 p.m. hour will land at 6:01 p.m.  That flight will then depart to Atlanta at 6:36 p.m.

The Quad City International Airport offers nonstop service to 8 cities on 4 major airlines, and strives to make travel 'easier' for passengers from throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

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Remember- Honor Flight of the Quad Cities will be taking their #6 and #7 flights this Friday, 4/23, and Saturday, 4/24 to Washington D.C. Flights depart at 7:00 a.m. Passengers begin arriving at 5:30 a.m. Flight participants are scheduled to return somewhere between 10:15 - 10:30 p.m. to a welcome home celebration filled with relatives and more. The public is welcome to attend.

Two families are departing from the Quad Cities; they are among the more than 1,300 Snowball Family Members traveling tto North Texas via American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas - More than 1,300 spouses and children of fallen military personnel will receive a Texas-sized welcome when they arrive in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex on Dec. 9, as part of the annual Snowball Express event. This is the first time Snowball Express has traveled to North Texas.

Each year, Snowball Express, a volunteer, not-for-profit organization, arranges an all-expenses-paid trip to provide hope and new memories for the children and spouses of military men and women who lost their lives while defending our nation. Mayors and governors across the U.S. have proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 9, as "Snowball Express and American Airlines Day."

"For the families of these fallen heroes, it is a remarkable experience that can greatly help in their grieving process after sustaining such a profound loss," said Micki Sander, Snowball Express Chairperson. "It is extremely moving to hear participants talk about their experience with Snowball Express and what it has meant to them and their families."

American Airlines returns as the official airline of Snowball Express and is providing eight chartered aircraft for the Snowball families, who will be traveling from around the United States. BP is generously donating fuel for the Snowball Express aircraft.

"All of us at American Airlines are truly grateful to our military servicemen and women and their families for the sacrifices they have made to protect the freedom our country enjoys," said Roger Frizzell, Vice President Corporate Communications and Advertising at American Arilines. "This year, we are particularly excited to fly the Snowball Express families to Dallas/Fort Worth - our hometown - where they will be able to enjoy all of our area's top attractions and, of course, get the biggest and best welcome in true Texas style."

This year's Snowball Express trip runs Dec. 9-13.  The families will enjoy numerous activities, including:

· Ranch & Rodeo Day - Visits to the world-famous "Dallas" South Fork Ranch, as well as the Mesquite Championship Rodeo.

· "Day in the Life of Texas" event at the Dallas Convention Center.

· Day with the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks, which includes meeting with the Dallas Cowboys football players and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for football and cheerleading clinics. Entertainment will be provided by award-winning actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

· The Dallas Mavericks have also generously donated American Airlines Center seats for Snowball families to attend the Mavericks' Dec. 12 game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

· Several restaurants including Eddie Dean's, Mi Cocina, Humperdink's, and Chili's-as well as Ben E. Keith Company-are donating meals to feed Snowball families

Including volunteers and donors, this year's Snowball Express event in North Texas will bring together nearly 2,000 people to pay tribute to these fallen American heroes and to create new memories for their families.  To find out more about becoming a sponsor, or to view the list of all Snowball Express corporate and non-profit sponsors, please visit http://www.snowballexpress.org/partners/partners.html

About Snowball Express

The mission of Snowball Express, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is to provide hope and new memories for the children of fallen military heroes who have died in active duty since 9/11.  Since 2006, Snowball Express has hosted an annual event that brings children of fallen military heroes together for a few days of fun.  In 2007, nearly 800 children and more than 300 surviving spouses attended the annual Snowball Express event.  Snowball Express has no paid staff.  It has approximately 25 volunteers who work year round on the "main event."  Ninety-seven percent of all collected cash donations go directly to the event.  When in-kind donations of more than $3 million are included, the total percentage of funds expended for fundraising and general administrative costs is less than one percent. www.snowballexpress.org