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April 28, 2014

Virgin America: We are the DOJ's choice for Love Field gates

Virgin America refuted a study by an aviation consultant that said Southwest was the best option to receive two more gates at Dallas Love Field.

The San Francisco-based carrier's CEO said allowing Southwest to have a monopoly at Love Field is not good for consumers.

"We respect the City’s process and are confident they will quickly support our entry into Love Field given both the significant positive impact that our flights will have on fares and traffic stimulation and the clear legal precedent that has been established with these transfers in the past," said Virgin America chief executive David Cush in a statement on Monday.

The airline started selling tickets on its new service out of Love Field on Friday, saying it had reached an agreement with American to take over the lease of those gates. American is required to divest the gates as part of its merger settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

"Virgin America was designated by the DOJ for the award of these gates. Southwest’s and Delta’s bids were rejected by DOJ, given that Southwest would be consolidating its own monopoly and that Delta is not a low-fare airline and would not add much new service," the company said in a press release on Monday.

Here's Virgin America's chairman, Don Carty, talking about why the carrier wants to move its operations to Dallas Love Field.

 

-Andrea Ahles

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