Virgin America to expand at Washington airport

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 6:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virgin America says it will grow at Reagan National Airport by gaining landing rights from American Airlines.

Virgin said Wednesday that it won the right to buy enough so-called slots for four takeoffs and landings a day at the airport across the Potomac River from downtown Washington.

That will let Virgin America expand from its one daily flight between San Francisco and Reagan, which is so busy that takeoffs and landings are limited. Virgin also flies to San Francisco and Los Angeles from nearby Dulles International Airport.

American agreed to sell some of its slots at Reagan and New York's LaGuardia Airport to settle a government lawsuit that threatened to block its merger with US Airways. Virgin also won slots at LaGuardia.

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