Mon, May 12, 2008
Intends To File For Access To Chi-Town
low-cost airline Virgin American announced Monday it will seek
government approval to serve Chicago O'Hare International Airport
(ORD). Chicago would be the eighth city in the airline's network,
since Virgin entered the US market in August 2007.
"Chicago is one of the nation's top travel markets, a
world-class city and a perfect fit for our innovative, low-fare
service," said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. "We
want to bring Chicago travelers a better choice, with attractive
fares and brand new planes that offer a unique, upscale flying
experience -- from leather seats to individual video touch-screens
at every seatback."
Virgin America plans to
file an application later this week with the Federal Aviation
Administration to serve ORD under the existing demand management
rules at the airport. The carrier notes legacy airlines represent
99 percent of the domestic departures at O'Hare, with low-cost
airlines only representing one percent -- and Virgin America
intends to tip those scales.
"When more airlines compete, consumers win with lower fares and
better service. We think that savvy Chicago travelers will find our
high-value, low-fare service a breath of fresh air," Cush added.
"The Mayor, airport and City have shown tremendous vision by
investing in O'Hare's future, with long-term investments, such as
the new runway coming online this fall that will expand and
modernize one of the world's busiest travel hubs. We want to be
part of O'Hare's future."
Virgin America hopes to fly from San Francisco International
Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to ORD
later this year.
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