Everything's Bigger in Texas, Including Virgin America's Airport Switcheroo
If you’re heading to Texas anytime soon, you should know of the switcheroo taking place with the planes and people over at Virgin America. In case you don’t study the carrier’s route network on a daily basis—we just might—the airline has been flying to and from Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, but that’s about to change.
Thanks to all the complicated details surrounding the merger between American Airlines and US Airways, plus the lifting of the restrictive Wright Amendment, the area’s other airportDallas Love Fieldis now open to new airlines and destinations.
Virgin America filled out their paperwork in number two pencil, and recently received good news. They’re now getting the green light to put their planes at Dallas' Love Field, and that means that they will do the nonstop thing to spots like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York (LGA), and Washington (DCA) this October.
To celebrate the airport move, Virgin America even put on a little bit of a sale over the weekend. Still, they’re promising that flights will be a good 30 to 50 percent less than the competition serving these routes, not to mention that Dallas-Love is more convenient to reach than Dallas-Ft. Worth.
There are two downsides to the move, however; Virgin America will be departing Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport for good on October 12, making international connections to other airlines much more difficult, now that they'll require an entire airport change. The other bummer is that Virgin American will end (though they're using the term "suspend") their Philadelphia service in order to free up the plane for Dallas. At least the fair warning is early enough; this too won't come to pass until October.
[Photo: Dallas Business Journal]