Virgin America is branching out from San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The airline announced today that it wants to add 18 new flights from Dallas Love Field. For now, Virgin doesn’t have any gates at the airport, which is considerably closer to downtown Dallas than the much larger Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport, but it wants to acquire from American, which is required by the Justice Department to give its gates up. (Delta wants the gates as well. So does Southwest.)
In October, the federal government will lift long-time restrictions on which destinations can be served by large jets from Love Field. Competitor Southwest Airlines, which already has some gates at Love Field, previously announced its proposed Love Field schedule.
Here’s what Virgin America plans from Dallas. It’s notable because Virgin America has been, since is founding in 2007, a California airline, with just about every flight, touching San Francisco or Los Angeles.
- DAL to New York (LGA) (four roundtrip flights a day).
- DAL to Washington (DCA) (four roundtrip flights a day).
- DAL to LAX (three roundtrip flights a day, expanding to four in 2015).
- DAL to San Francisco (SFO) (three roundtrip flights a day, expanding to four in 2015).
- Virgin America also would add two roundtrip flights a day from DAL to Chicago O’Hare in early 2015.
I know many of my readers are incredibly knowledgeable abut the airline industry. So I ask you this question: Will Virgin’s Dallas experiment work?
Leave your thoughts in the comments section.