UPDATE May 12: Virgin America gets the Love Field gates. Unclear why it took the Dallas City Manager so long to make it official.
UPDATE April 25, 4:15 p.m. eastern: USA Today reports that Virgin America will suspend flights in and out of Philadelphia to “free up aircraft” for use on the new routes out of Dallas’ Love Field.
UPDATE April 25, 12:30 p.m. eastern: A little rain may have hit Virgin America’s parade. Although the airline says it has signed a Department of Justice-approved agreement with American Airlines for two gates at Love Field, that agreement has not yet gotten an OK from the city of Dallas which tweeted “No decisions have been made regarding carriers operating out of 2 Love Field gates.” The Star-Telegram reports its sources say Southwest and Delta “remain in the running” for the gates. Virgin America, meanwhile, continues to sell tickets for flights from these gates. Delta is also selling flights from Love Field. This is going to get really interesting. Stay tuned.
As FareCompare previously reported, Virgin American will go head-to-head with Southwest Airlines this fall when the San Francisco-based carrier begins flying from Southwest’s Dallas stronghold Love Field in October.
Virgin’s New Routes, Destinations
Virgin America characterizes its new non-stop flights from Dallas’ downtown-close Love Field as business-friendly. Destinations include:
- Los Angeles (LAX) – flights begin Oct. 13
- New York City (LaGuardia) – flights begin Oct. 28
- San Francisco (SFO) – flights begin Oct. 13
- Washington, D.C. (Reagan National) – flights begin Oct. 13
$79 Deals Must be Booked by April 26
There will be four daily flights between Love Field and New York’s LaGuardia, and three each for the other cities. Tickets for these flights are available now for just $79 one-way plus the airline is discounting its business and first-class tickets by 50 percent but these seats must booked by Saturday, April 26.
Sometime in 2015, Virgin America plans to add an additional daily flight to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The airline also expects to add two daily non -stops between Love Field and Chicago’s O’Hare. In the meantime, Virgin America says its entire operation will move from DFW airport to Love Field by October.