Calling San Francisco “the strongest corporate market in the United States right now,” Virgin America Airlines CEO David Cush said in discussing third quarter earnings this week that the carrier plans to boost its overall capacity by 13 to 14 percent in 2016 — and perhaps even more than that at SFO.
In fact, the airline hasn’t yet stopped its 2015 growth at San Francisco: It starts service to Honolulu on November 2 ( and TravelSkills will be on the inaugural with a full report 🙂 ) and to Maui on December 3, providing attractive new vacation destinations to its Elevate frequent flyer members.
Cush told reporters and analysts that Virgin will probably add one or two more destinations from San Francisco next year — although he didn’t identify any possibilities — and it will add capacity on its existing routes from San Francisco to New York JFK and Ft. Lauderdale as it takes delivery of more new A320s in 2016.
While the San Francisco market has been booming, Virgin’s relatively new operations at Dallas Love Field, which now account for 12 percent of its overall capacity, have not, with revenue per available seat mile down 19 percent in tough competition with Southwest. Virgin will end its Dallas Love Field-Austin service next month, but it plans to begin twice-daily Love Field-Las Vegas flights December 1.
Virgin America remained in the black during the third quarter, reporting net income of $73 million — a gain of $31 million from the same quarter last year.
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