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Akron Canton Airport Cak Staff Helps Passengers

Sandy the first AirTran Airways’ Teal Flamingo found

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January 9, 2007





Kristie Van Auken                                              Judy Graham-Weaver        

330-896-2376                                                     678.254.7448




Sandy the first AirTran Airways' Teal Flamingo found today at McKinley Museum and National Memorial in Canton, Ohio


Green, OH:  One of AirTran Airways' four lost teal flamingos is on its way back to Orlando, Florida after being found today at the McKinley Museum and National Memorial in Canton, Ohio. Lydia Howenstine of North Canton rescued Sandy at 6:00 a.m. EST. Sandy and her three teal-feathered friends Shiny, Shelly and Sunny, apparently confused by Ohio's unseasonably warm winter weather, lost their way and need to be returned to Florida as soon as possible.

AirTran Airways and Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) peppered Northeast Ohio with 3,000 pink plastic yard flamingos -- along with four teal misfits -- as a tribute to the airline's nonstop routes between Akron-Canton and Ft. Lauderdale (new!), Ft. Myers, Tampa and Orlando. The contest called FlaminGO to was launched during the airline's Ft. Lauderdale flight celebration at CAK on January 4, 2007.  The four strategically placed grand-prize teal flamingos will win their lucky finders a set of tickets on AirTran Airways.

"Thank goodness Sandy has been found," said airport marketing & communications director Kristie VanAuken. "She's a little bit confused but in very good health. We are sending her back to Orlando today aboard a comfy new AirTran Airways' Boeing 717 jet. We advise bird- watchers to still be on the lookout for Shiny, Shelly and Sunny, as we are quickly closing in on their locations."

Be on the lookout for the four wayward flamingos until January 12, 2007 when the contest ends (visit for contest rules). Jet-setters may have to go out on a limb in their flamingo search, but AirTran Airways A+ Rewards members can log on to and receive clues as to the whereabouts of the teal flamingos every day. Who knew bird-watching could be so much fun?


About Akron-Canton Airport

The airport dedicated its new, spacious, four-gate passenger concourse in early May and celebrated its sixtieth birthday in October, 2006.  The concourse was the centerpiece of the airport's $60 million, five-year STAR expansion project which also wrapped up in October.  Other elements of STAR included longer runways, a new baggage claim wing, additional car parking, and a new Arby's and Great Lakes Brewing Company brew pub. Additional information including flight reservations, driving instructions, and a relaxation station is available at, CAK's new web portal.  Akron-Canton Airport, a better way to go®.


About AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America's largest low-fare airlines with 8,000 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates nearly 700 daily flights to 52 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways' aircraft features the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 and 717-200 to create America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft and the only airline with Business Class and XM Satellite Radio on every flight. For reservations or more information, visit (America Online Keyword: AirTran).



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