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Virgin America Could Scrap Chicago Plans

November 17, 2008 at 8:59 AM | by | ()

After announcing big-time plans to crack a market not on the coasts, Virgin America says it may decide not to fly into Chicago O'Hare. If the carrier can't work out a way to lease gate space at the airport soon, it may give up the effort, despite having already secured the right to five takeoff and landing slots.

CEO David Cush told the Chicago Tribune:

I'm guessing we're a couple of weeks away from making a tough decision. ... There is a solution to this problem. I just don't know how we get there.

City officials say they're doing their best to broker a deal, but it seems United, American and Delta, all of which have cut back service to ORD over the past few years, aren't ready to rent gates to the competition. If Virgin can't crack the legacies soon, Cush says his airline will simply grow its operations on the East Coast instead.

Related Stories:
· No Gates at O'Hare Leaves Virgin in Lurch [Chicago Tribune]
· Virgin America Pushing First Flights to 2009 [Jaunted]

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