Virgin America has won the four remaining slot pairs at Ronald Reagan Washington National airport, joining Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways in securing the coveted slots that were divested by American Airlines.
The California-based airline says it will use the new slots to "build on" its existing daily round-trip flight between Washington DC and San Francisco.
Virgin America had also earlier acquired six slot pairs at LaGuardia airport from American, and will announce changes to its network related to the new slots later this month, it says today.
"We’re pleased to have the opportunity to offer our new service at DCA and LGA and help shake up the market for consumers," says Virgin America chief executive David Cush.
American was required to divest 52 slot pairs at the Washington DC airport as a condition of having its merger with US Airways approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Eight of the 52 slot pairs were previously leased by JetBlue, which the airline later purchased as part of the DOJ settlement. The remaining 44 were auctioned. Besides Virgin America, Southwest and JetBlue announced earlier they had won slots.
Spirit Airlines said today it had placed a bid for slots at Washington National but failed to win any.