AirTran exits Expedia

Just after signing contracts with travel site's biggest competitors, discount airline ducks out of distribution agreement.

Alorie Gilbert Staff Writer, CNET News.com
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AirTran Airways will no longer list flights and fares on online travel agency Expedia, the discount airline said Friday. The Atlanta-based carrier, however, this month signed multiyear agreements with Expedia's biggest competitors: Cendant's Orbitz and Sabre Holdings' Travelocity.

The change, which the 12th-largest U.S. carrier says should help cut its distribution costs, is effective immediately. It comes one day after parent company AirTran Holdings posted a third-quarter loss of $228,000, blaming high fuel prices.