Division of AirTran Airways Votes Against Union Membership

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    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 20 - AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: AAI), announced today that a group of its employees has voted against representation by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Ballots for the election, which was conducted by the National Mediation Board, were mailed to 2,353 customer service, ramp and reservations agents on November 17, 2005. The National Mediation Board informed the airline that The Teamsters received 36 percent of the total votes from ballots counted today in Washington, D.C.

    "AirTran Airways has always respected the rights of our Crew Members to decide upon representation. We are pleased with the confidence expressed in our Leadership Team," said Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways' chairman and chief executive officer.

    AirTran Airways, one of America's largest low-fare airlines with 6,700 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates over 600 daily flights to 48 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways recently added the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 aircraft to create America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft. For reservations or more information, visit http://www.airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran).

    Editor's note: Statements regarding the Company's operational and financial success, business model, expectation about future success, improved operational performance and our ability to maintain or improve our low costs are forward-looking statements and are not historical facts. Instead, they are estimates or projections involving numerous risks or uncertainties, including but not limited to, consumer demand and acceptance of services offered by the Company, the Company's ability to maintain current cost levels, fare levels and actions by competitors, regulatory matters and general economic conditions. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's SEC filings, including but not limited to the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004. The Company disclaims any obligation or duty to update or correct any of its forward-looking statements.

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     Judy Graham-Weaver


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