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Regional airlines have started eating into the larger airlines by
offering discount travel on short and medium haul flights in high
demand routes. Advance purchase fares during off-peak hours on these
carriers can be dirt cheap. This section describes some of these carriers.

Note that some discount airlines are not full participants in the
computerized reservation systems, so you may have to call the airline
direct to purchase tickets. If you're connecting with another airline,
you may have to transfer your luggage yourself to the other carrier.
But if you can fit into their limited schedules, you can save a bundle.

Many discount airlines also provide "ticketless travel", where you
receive a receipt and a confirmation number instead of a ticket, just
like with rental cars. This reduces the amount of paper the airlines
must ship around.

The low-cost travel may also involve an elimination of many of the
frills common on larger airlines, such as meal service. Instead, you
may just get peanuts, or no food at all. 

These discount airlines are expanding rapidly and are adding new
cities all the time.

MarkAir:

   MarkAir was founded in 1947 as Interior Airways, carrying cargo
   within the state of Alaska. In 1984 they took on the name MarkAir
   and began carrying passengers as a regional carrier. Beginning in
   November of 1991, they started a major expansion to the lower 48
   states, and now offer jet (737) service to 16 cities in the lower 48
   states and 13 cities in the State of Alaska. Through MarkAir Express,
   their commuter service, they provide transportation to 144 Alaskan
   communities. Their service is low cost, with peanuts and drinks as
   the main sustenance. Snacks meals are available only on longer haul
   flights. Reservations 1-800-MARKAIR.

Southwest:

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   800-IFLY-SWA (800-435-9792) or 800-531-5601.
   Flights to 41 cities in 19 states.

Others include:

   American Trans Air 			800-382-5892, 800-225-2995
   Flights between AZ, CA, FL, NY, Chicago and Indianapolis.
   Serves different cities during different times of the year. During
   the summer they have flights to Europe and Israel; in the winter,
   they have flights to the Carribean. Some of these operate as
   charter flights and some as regularly scheduled flights.

   Carnival Airlines 			800-437-2110, 800-8-AIR-FUN
   Flights to FL, LA, and the Caribbean from the Northeast.

   Jet Train                            800-FLY-4-YOU
   Their daily route is
      Pittsburgh - New York (Newark)  7:45 am -  9:05 am
      New York (Newark) - Orlando     9:45 am - 12:20 pm
      Orlando - New York (Newark)     1:20 pm -  3:55 pm
      New York (Newark) - Pittsburgh  4:35 pm -  5:55 pm

   Kiwi International 			800-538-5494, 908-353-3232
   Flights between Chicago, Atlanta, Newark, and FL.

   Midway Airlines 			800-446-4392
   Flights from Chicago's Midway Airport to eastern cities.

   National Airlines			800-949-9400
   Flights from Atlanta.

   Reno Air  				800-736-6247
   Flights between AZ, CA, OR, NV, and WA.

   Tower Air 				800-221-2500
                                        800-34TOWER (800-348-6937)
   Flights between NY and Miami, LA, and San Francisco.

   ValuJet  				800-825-8538 (404-994-8258)
   Flights via Atlanta to Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana,
   Georgia, and Washington DC (Dulles). 

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