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May 01, 2014

American CEO: "best efforts" to get Love Field gates to Virgin America

American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker said the carrier is using its "best efforts" to ensure that Virgin America is the winner of the two gates at Love Field that it is required to divest as part of its merger settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. "We are using our best efforts to get those gates to Virgin [America] as we have been directed to do," Parker said at a symposium held at the University of Texas at Arlington on Thursday. He acknowledged that American does not own the gates but the city of Dallas does. "We are extremely respectful of their role in this process. I can't say that enough," Parker said, but he continued, "We have a signed agreement...to get the gates to the one airline that we've been told is acceptable." Dallas mayor pro tem Tennell Atkins, who was also at the symposium, said the process of awarding the gates to another carrier is "still up in the air." "It is not a council decision right now, it's a city manager decision," Atkins said. However, he noted that the city manager can ask the council for guidance. On Monday, the city's transportation committee referred the issue to the entire Dallas city council for a presentation. A consultant hired by the city said that Southwest Airlines was the best option for the two gates. Delta Air Lines has also expressed interest in obtaining the gates. -Andrea Ahles


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Fletcher Sharp

If Delta gets those gates, it should be with a stipulation that they'll use full size aircraft, ie; NO regional jets ever!

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