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Virgin America adds Austin-Dallas Love Field route

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, greets a crowd at Love Field, as Virgin America leaves Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and begins service at Love Field as the Wright Amendment expires, Monday, October 13, 2014. The carrier announced new service between Love Field and Austin which starts on April 28. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, greets a crowd at Love Field, as Virgin America leaves Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and begins service at Love Field as the Wright Amendment expires, Monday, October 13, 2014. The carrier announced new service between Love Field and Austin which starts on April 28. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison) Star-Telegram

Virgin America announced Wednesday that it is adding five daily nonstop flights between Dallas Love Field and Austin.

The San Francisco-based carrier said the flights will begin service on April 28 and customers can purchase fares on the new flights starting today.

With the addition of Austin, Virgin America serves five destinations out of Dallas Love Field for a total of 19 daily departures.

“As we saw when we first launched service from Love Field, more competition lowers fares and offers travelers more product choice - so we’re pleased to have the opportunity to expand again from the airport most convenient to downtown Dallas,” said Virgin America chief executive David Cush in a statement.

The airline moved its operations from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in October when the Wright Amendment restrictions lifted at Love Field allowing airlines to fly long-haul routes out of the airport. It currently has flights to Washington D.C. Reagan, New York LaGuardia, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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