March 5 Virgin America said on Wednesday it was
planning to bid for two gates at Dallas Love Field airport that
American Airlines Group Inc has agreed to shed as part
of its merger agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
San Francisco-based Virgin America, a carrier in which
Richard Branson's Virgin Group holds a minority stake,
said the gates would be used to add new services from Love Field
to airports such as New York's LaGuardia, Ronald Reagan
Washington National and Chicago O'Hare.
Virgin America added that if its bid was successful, it
would move its operations at the larger Dallas Fort Worth
International Airport to Love Field.
Southwest Airlines, the dominant carrier at Dallas
Love Field, and Delta Air Lines have also expressed
interest in the two gates at Love Field, an airport that is
closer to the downtown area than DFW.
American Airlines declined to comment on the gate
American Airlines' former parent AMR Corp and US Airways
Group agreed to give up takeoff and landing rights at Reagan
National and New York LaGuardia last year to settle an
anti-trust lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department seeking to
block their merger.
The companies, which merged in December to form American
Airlines Group, were also required to shed gates at Dallas Love
Field and airports in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Miami as
part of the settlement.
Virgin America successfully bid for some takeoff and landing
slots at Reagan National and LaGuardia that American is