Storms reduce AirTran revenue by $5 million to $6 million

ATLANTA — Discount carrier AirTran Airways saw $5 million to $6 million of revenue evaporate because of the winter storms that pounded parts of the country since the beginning of the year.

Chief Financial Officer Arne Haak provided the figures to investors at a conference Monday in Orlando, Fla., where the airline is based.

He says AirTran canceled over 1,400 flights over an eight- to 10-week period. That is more than it canceled over an 11-month period last year.

Haak says AirTran's first-quarter capacity will be up only 6 percent, a lower projection than the 7 percent to 8 percent increase the airline had been expecting.