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Virgin America announces flights out of Love Field

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Virgin America announced Friday it has begun selling $79 tickets for non-stop flights out of Dallas Love Field and that it has reached an agreement for two gates at the airport.

"Dallas is a global center of industry and it deserves more business-friendly flight options from the airport most convenient to downtown," said CEO David Cush. "The opportunity to expand our service at Love allows us to not only spur more fare competition, but also provide travelers with a different kind of flight option - one that allows them to stay connected, comfortable and productive on long-haul flights to major business destinations."

The airline in March said it wanted to operate the two gates American Airlines had to surrender at Love due to its merger with U.S. Airways. Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines also stated they wanted the two American gates.

Virgin plans to move its current service from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in October 2014. That coincides with the expiration of the Wright Amendment, which restricted air travel from the airport.

Virgin 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 agreement for the two gates at Love still needs city approval, but the airline's CEO called that "routine."
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