posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 12:33 PM
After 35 years in operation, ATA Airlines discontinued all flights and filed for bankruptcy Thursday, stranding thousands of travelers in the United
States and Mexico, including some at Chicago's Midway Airport.
Once the nation's 10th-largest air carrier, Indianapolis-based ATA entered bankruptcy for the second time in just over three years. The company had
more than 2,200 employees, and "virtually all" were told that their jobs were gone, company spokesman Michael Freitag said.
Passengers hoping to leave on a 10 a.m. flight to Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday morning found the ATA check-in counter completely deserted when they
arrived at Midway. Several sat disappointed on benches in the check-in area, using phones and laptops to look for alternative travel options
Rangel and other would-be passengers said they had received no advance notice of their flight's cancellation, either by phone or e-mail. Jorge
Aguirre, 24, of Chicago, said he checked his flight status on ATA's Web site at 3 a.m. Thursday morning and found nothing amiss.
Click here full the full story: Chicago Tribune
This pisses me off, and I didn't even have to fly anywhere today. What is ATA's problem? Why couldn't they at least have the decency to notify
people. Some people are even stranded because of this. And some people will not even be refunded. What a bunch of jerk-offs. I was watching the news
this morning and nobody was even at the counter telling people what was going on. What nerve these people have. I would say to sue them but that
obviously wouldn't work.