CEO Jeff Fegan is submitting a letter of support to
the U.S. DOT supporting low cost carrier startup Virgin America’s application for a U.S. airline license.Virgin America has
expressed interest in flying long haul flights out of DFW.
Virgin America has indicated DFW is being considered for new service to
New York and San Francisco after the company begins its initial New York - San
Francisco route in 2006. With a stated plan to focus their growth on longer-
haul, domestic U.S. routes serving major cosmopolitan markets, DFW stands to
gain service as the airline grows its network.
“Flying from DFW to San Francisco and New York with brand new Airbus
aircraft, Virgin America could provide DFW and the traveling public a
tremendous new resource,” said Joe Lopano, executive vice president of
marketing and terminal management. “DFW believes in competition, and a new
airline with an exciting new product and price is great for North Texas.”
“DFW believes that the country needs new U.S. airlines like Virgin
America,” said Lopano. “New U.S. airlines increase the opportunities for
competition, consumer-friendly fares, economic growth and job creation.”
Once it begins flying from DFW, Virgin America would join the growing list
of low cost carriers at the Airport including Air Tran, ATA, Frontier, Spirit,
Sun Country and US Airways.
“Virgin America would likely fill one or more of the gates left empty by
Delta Air Lines’ reduction of service in Terminal E,” said Lopano.