Virgin America wants to add flights in Dallas. Photo: Virgin America.
As we reported Wednesday, Virgin America wants to open a focus city at Dallas Love Field, from which it would fly to Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., as well as to its hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
This is a a bit of a strategic change. Since Virgin was launched in 2007, the overwhelmingly number of its flights have either started or ended in the airline’s San Francisco or Los Angeles hubs.
Related to this, I have some trivia. For now, according to a Virgin spokesman, the airline has only two routes that do not either start or end in San Francisco or L.A.
California. One route is seasonal, and the other year-round.
What are these routes? Surely this information is on the internet, but try not to cheat.
Until noon PST on Saturday, leave your guesses in the comments section. I’ll take all the correct answers and randomly choose a winner. I’ll ship the winner this week’s prize, though I can only send stuff to U.S. addresses.
Here’s the prize, which comes courtesy of another airline. Remarkably, these things are popular on Ebay.
Virgin America will add flights in Dallas. Photo: Virgin America.
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.
Southwest will fly to 15 new cities from Dallas Love Field starting in the fall. Photo: Southwest.
Southwest Airlines will fly between Dallas Love Field and Los Angeles International Airport starting November 2, airline officials announced Monday morning.
Los Angeles is one of 15 new cities to get new flights to Dallas Love this fall. This is possible because the so-called Wright Amendment expires in October after 35 years in effect. The federal law limited large-jet flights from Dallas Love Field to a small group of states, most of which, bordered Texas. The goal of the amendment, which became law in 1979, was to force airlines to serve the new airport in the Dallas region — Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. (Love Field is significantly closer to downtown Dallas and thus more convenient for many travelers.)
Southwest is now limited only by the fact it has 16 gates at Love Field, according to the Dallas Morning News. Otherwise it can fly anywhere in the United States it wants.
By looking at the new cities Southwest intends to serve, you can get a good idea of the carrier’s business plan. A decade ago, Southwest had relatively few flights to major city airports, preferring instead airports like L.A./Ontario, Providence, R.I. and Manchester, N.H. But that’s no longer the case. Now it’s all about big-city traffic and attracting high-fare paying business travelers.
|New York LaGuardia
|Orange County, Calif.
|Washington Reagan National
Delta wants to fly from Los Angeles to Dallas Love Field. Photo credit: Delta
Delta Air Lines is selling tickets from Los Angeles to Dallas Love Field starting in October 2014, according to Terry Maxon of the Dallas Morning News.
There’s only one problem. Delta doesn’t have any gates at Dallas Love Field, which is considerably closer to downtown than the much larger DFW Airport. For 35 years, thanks to something called the Wright Amendment, airlines have been banned from flying long-haul domestic flights from Love Field.
But the amendment goes away in October, which is very good news for Southwest Airlines, the main tenant at the airport. ExpressJet and American are the only two other airlines with gates there. American must divest its two gates due to its settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but it’s not clear where the gates will go. Delta wants them, but it’s far from a done deal.
According to the Terry Maxon of the Morning News, Delta also wishes to fly to New York LaGuardia, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Detroit.