Virgin America to exit Philadelphia

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Virgin America will suspend service to Philadelphia from 6 October to free up aircraft for its new flights from Dallas Love Field, Washington National and New York LaGuardia.

"Because our next aircraft deliveries are not until 2015, we needed to reduce flying in other markets given the longer-term network potential at DAL, DCA and LGA," says an airline spokesperson.

The carrier announced today it had secured two gates at Love Field, and had earlier won flight slots divested by American Airlines at Washington National and LaGuardia.

"The chance to expand new service on multiple routes to major business destinations on both coasts offered a better network and revenue opportunity for our airline in the short-term," adds the airline's spokesperson.

Virgin America hopes to return to Philadelphia in the future when it has more aircraft capacity, she adds.

The airline began service to Philadelphia from San Francisco and Los Angeles in April 2012, becoming the only low-cost carrier to serve on the routes non-stop.

United Airlines and American Airlines Group subsidiary US Airways offer service on Philadelphia-San Francisco, schedules in Innovata show. US Airways will be the only carrier operating non-stop between Philadelphia and Los Angeles with Virgin America's exit.