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MESABA REPORTS MARCH TRAFFIC

 MESABA REPORTS MARCH TRAFFIC
 MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesaba Aviation, Inc.,


today said that it flew 17.7 million revenue passenger miles during the month of March, a 20.4 percent increase when compared with 14.7 million revenue passenger miles flown during the same month last year (a revenue passenger mile equals one passenger flown one mile). The airline said it carried 87,488 passengers during the month, an increase of 16.8 percent over 74,910 passengers carried last March. Mesaba's load factor in March was 49.4 percent compared with 47.2 percent during the same month one year ago.
 Mesaba operates as Northwest Airlink under a marketing agreement with Northwest Airlines. The regional carrier provides connecting service to Northwest at Minneapolis/St. Paul International and Detroit Metropolitan airports. The airline currently serves 39 cities in 13 states and one Canadian province.
 Mesaba Aviation, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Minnesota- based AirTran Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: ATCC). AirTran's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol ATCC.
 MESABA AVIATION, INC.
 Monthly Operating Statistics
 March 1992 March 1991 Percent
 Change
 Passengers carried: 87,488 74,910 16.8
 Available seat miles: 35,818,229 31,111,909 15.1
 Revenue passenger miles: 17,682,574 14,683,632 20.4
 System-wide load factor (pct.) 49.4 47.2 2.2 pts.
 -0- 4/9/92
 /CONTACT: Jeffrey B. Jones of Mesaba, 612-726-5151, ext. 352/
 (ATCC) CO: Mesaba Aviation, Inc.; AirTran Corporation ST: Minnesota IN: AIR SU:


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