Virgin America Seeks Los Angeles-San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Rights
New Route Authority Would Provide Competitive Option to Popular Tourism Destination
San Francisco - Feb. 19, 2008 - Virgin America today filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking authority to fly from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (SJD). If approved, this would become the airline's first international destination. The route is under review with the DOT following the February 4, 2008, announcement that Frontier Airlines would stop serving the market in April 2008. Under the U.S.-Mexico bilateral aviation agreements, the DOT will now select another airline to serve this popular West Coast tourism destination in Frontier's place.
"We saw that the DOT had Cabo rights under review, and we simply could not pass up the opportunity," said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. "Since it was a low-cost airline that is giving up the right to fly to Cabo, we think it would be ideal for another low-cost carrier to take its place. If Virgin America is awarded this route, travelers would have a new high-quality, low-fare option for travel to the beautiful San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas resorts."
Launched in August 2007, Virgin America flies to San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, San Diego and Seattle (starting March 18, 2008). In addition to these non-stop markets, Virgin America also offers convenient connecting flights from Las Vegas, San Diego and Seattle (starting March 18, 2008) to New York and Washington.
# # #
Abby Lunardini, Director of Corporate Communications - 650.533.7576 / firstname.lastname@example.org
About Virgin America:
As San Francisco's hometown airline, Virgin America will serve as many as 10 cities within a year of operation, and up to 30 cities within five years. Virgin America's base of operations is San Francisco International Airport's ultra-modern, spacious and convenient International Terminal, which was completed in 2000. The airline's brand-new Airbus A320-family aircraft offer guests their own interactive in-flight entertainment systems, plugs for laptops and other portable electronic devices and a host of other innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel and bringing a little fun back to flying. To learn more visit:www.virginamerica.com