Virgin America has thrown its hat in the ring to take over two gates at Dallas Love Field.
The airline announced Wednesday it will seek to operate the two gates American Airlines must surrender at Love due to its merger with U.S. Airways. Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines have already publicly stated they want the two American gates.
Virgin said it would move its current service from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Oct. 2014 if it wins the gates and offer 18 daily departures to New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and eventually Chicago.
"Dallas is a major economic center, and as such, it deserves more business-friendly flight competition from the airport closest to the Central Business District," said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush in a statement.
Virgin said it would expand its service if it moved from DFW to Love. It currently offers three nonstop flights from DFW to both Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO).
The new routes from Love Field would offer four daily roundtrips to New York LaGuardia and Washington Reagan National; three daily roundtrips to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), bumping up to four daily roundtrips in 2015. It would add two daily roundtrips to Chicago O'Hare in early 2015.
The City of Dallas, which operates Love Field, will choose who gets to take over American's two gates. But, the Justice Department must sign-off on the decision so that it complies with the anti-trust lawsuit settlement it reached with American Airlines in 2013.
If approved, Virgin would start operating in October of 2014, just as the Wright Amendment expires.
Delta said in a release on Wednesday afternoon it "welcomes the opportunity" to compete against Virgin and Southwest and "believes the airport can accommodate all three carriers."
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