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April 23, 2014

Virgin America scheduled to hold press event in Dallas on Friday. Sign that they're getting gates at Love Field?

Is Virgin America the winner of American Airlines' coveted Dallas Love Field gates?

It appears that may be the case as the airline is holding a press event at Love Field on Friday.

The company has invited reporters to "discuss the future of our Dallas operations" at an "open plane" event. Virgin America's chief executive David Cush and chairman Don Carty, former American CEO who still has offices in Dallas, will both be at the event to conduct interviews.

However, there is no official word from Virgin America about possibly obtaining two gates at Dallas Love Field. Virgin America currently flies out of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport but has said it will end operations there and move to Love Field if possible.

Virgin America is one of three airlines that have expressed interest in getting the two gates that American Airlines is being forced to divest as part of its antitrust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to receive approval for its merger with US Airways.

Southwest Airlines, which will operate out of 16 of the 20 gates at Love Field once the renovations are completed in October, and Delta Air Lines, which currently leases one of the American gates to operate flights to Atlanta, are also interested in the gates.

-Andrea Ahles

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