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No decision Friday on Love Field gates

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DALLAS - Sources tell FOX4 that Virgin America will be awarded two gates that have been fiercely contested over at Dallas Love Field

But, the city of Dallas has not officially announced which airline can fly out of the two gates at Love Field that American Airlines was ordered to give up as part of its merger with U.S. Airways.

In a Friday night statement, the city of Dallas said City Manager A.C. Gonzalez is still working with city attorneys to "review and consider all the relevant information regarding the Love Field gate leases."

Southwest Airlines and Virgin America have both waged very public campaigns to win those gates. Delta has also expressed interest in them.

Virgin America wants to establish a presence at Love Field. It claims the flying public will ultimately benefit because of more competition and lower air fares.

Southwest Airlines already controls 16 of the 20 gates at Love Field. It said the two additional gates could offer a dozen more non-stop destinations from Dallas and help the airline become more competitive with American Airlines, which is dominant in North Texas.

Gonzalez has the final say and attended a city council briefing on the matter Wednesday with the CEOs of both Virgin and Southwest.

Virgin has already started selling tickets for flights out of Love Field, claiming the U.S. Justice Department wants it to promote more competition.

Founder Richard Branson said he would consider taking the case to court if the city picks Southwest.

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