May 21, 2007
Virgin America Gets DOT Approval / New DCA Slot Exemptions?
Last Friday, the U.S. DOT granted Virgin America final approval to begin service. As part of the order, the DOT stated that CEO Fred Reid would be allowed to serve for six more months before he must resign. Virgin America will now get its chance to face vigorous competition from airlines such as Jetblue and Southwest, both of which recently announced new service from Virgin America's home base, San Francisco. Click here for ATW online story.
According to a story in the Washington Post, two Senators from Oregon and Washington have introduced legislation that would create 20 new slot exemptions at Washington Reagan National Airport. Our April 2 blog posting discussed the GAO's findings about potential expansion of service at National.