Virgin America Finally Gets Gate To Begin Service To Chicago
By Andrew Compart
|Virgin America, which has aspired to begin service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport since 2008, finally will do so with two daily flights from Los Angeles and three from San Francisco, starting May 25.
The San Francisco-based, low-cost carrier also says travelers from O’Hare to the West Coast airports also will be able to connect to San Diego, Seattle and Las Vegas.
The breakthrough came in an agreement the city of Chicago reached with Delta Air Lines to acquire the leasehold interest in 11 gates that Delta vacated in Concourse L, freeing up at least some of them for use by new-entrant carriers and new routes (Aviation Daily, Feb. 14). Chicago Mayor Richard Daley presented the proposed agreement Feb. 9 to the Chicago City Council, which next meets on March 9.
“We’ve talked about [Chicago] for several years,” Virgin America CEO David Cush said at a news conference Feb. 17 in Chicago. “We’re just happy that it’s finally happened.”
There is no direct low-cost competition from O’Hare, but Southwest Airlines offers service from Chicago Midway Airport with up to five daily flights to Los Angeles and two to San Francisco.
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