Virgin America is O’Hare-bound

Virgin America has announced that service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), with daily nonstop flights from both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will begin on 25 May 2011.

Virgin America comments that with legacy airlines representing 98% of domestic departures at ORD, it hopes to “inject some healthy competition” into the market. “Until today, travellers flying from O’Hare to SFO or LAX had little choice and few low-fare options. With unrivalled service and new planes that look like nothing else in the skies, we hope our flights will be a breath of fresh air for Chicago travellers,” remarked Virgin America president and CEO David Cush.

Virgin America originally announced its intent to serve O’Hare in 2008, but its plans were delayed due to gate availability. The airline has now reached an agreement to occupy gate space at ORD’s now vacated Concourse L.

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