November 15, 2006

On Tuesday, AirTran Airways and Frontier Airlines announced a marketing and code-sharing alliance that will commingle the two airlines' route offerings while allowing passengers to accrue and redeem frequent-flyer miles with both carriers interchangeably. AirTran Airways serves 52 destinations, primarily in the eastern half of the United States, while Frontier flies to 55 destinations with a focus on the west.

Last week, a new European air carrier -- Brussels Airlines -- began selling tickets for service to begin on March 25. The new airline, the result of a merger of SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express, will be based at Brussels Airport in Belgium and fly to more than 50 European destinations with a focus on attracting business and budget-conscious travelers.