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Travelers Should Seek Alternative Flight Arrangements; Ticket Refunds May Be Available From Credit Card Providers

INDIANAPOLIS, April 3, 2008 – ATA Airlines, Inc. today announced that it has filed a
voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The petition was filed on April 2 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, in the
Indianapolis division. Subsequent to the Chapter 11 filing, ATA discontinued all
operations, effective as of 4 am ET on April 3. A primary factor leading to these actions was the unexpected cancellation of a key contract for ATA’s military charter business, which made it impossible for ATA to obtain additional capital to sustain its operations or restructure the business.

With the shutdown of all operations and cancellation of all ATA flights, ATA is no longer able to honor any reservations or tickets. ATA customers should seek alternative arrangements for current and future travel. To that end, ATA has contacted the airlines that serve ATA destinations and asked them to provide assistance to ATA customers. A list of other airlines that serve ATA destinations and additional information for ATA customers is available at Customer information has also been posted at all ATA ticket counters and is available at (800) 435-9282. Customers should visit for updates as additional information becomes available.

Customers who purchased tickets from ATA using a credit card should contact their
credit card provider directly for more information about how to obtain a refund for unused tickets. Customers who purchased tickets from Southwest Airlines for flights operated by ATA through its codeshare agreement should contact Southwest at (800) 308-5037 for more information. ATA’s frequent flier program and all accumulated frequent flier points will be canceled. ATA has advised its commercial and military charter customers that they should make alternative arrangements for future travel needs.

Doug Yakola, chief operating officer of ATA, said: “We deeply regret the disruption and hardship caused by the sudden shutdown of ATA, an outcome we and our employees had worked very hard and made many sacrifices to avoid. Unfortunately, the cancellation of a critical agreement for our military charter business undermined ATA’s plan to address the current conditions facing all scheduled service airlines, including the tremendous spike in the price of jet fuel in recent months. As a result, it became impossible for ATA to continue operating.”

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