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Virgin America gets 2 gates at Dallas airport

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm •  Published: May 12, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — With help from Washington, Virgin America is getting two airport gates at Dallas Love Field.

The airline beat out Southwest Airlines Co. and Delta Air Lines Inc., which also coveted the gates.

Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez announced the decision Monday. He suggested that he had no choice after the U.S. Justice Department required American Airlines to sublease the gates at the city-owned airport near downtown to Virgin America.

"Contrary to reports, this was not a competition," Gonzalez said.

Eventually, Southwest will control 16 gates at the airport while Virgin and United Airlines will get two each.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to bring new competition to Love Field," Virgin America CEO David Cush said in a statement.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said his team was very disappointed but remained excited about new flights from Love Field beginning later this year. Dallas-based Southwest had argued that the two extra gates would help it compete with American's stronghold at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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