Virgin Expands to San Jose Airport
Virgin America is launching daily flights from San Jose to Los Angeles starting May 1. The announcement is a coup for the San Jose Airport as it struggles to attract new carriers.
City of San Jose spokesman David Vossbrink says the airport hopes to benefit from what has come to be known as the "Virgin Effect."
"By expanding their operations to San Jose, this is a clear signal to the entire industry that they need to be here," he says. "This is where the market is and this is where they'll be successful."
The addition of Virgin couldn't come at a better time for San Jose. The abrupt grounding of the new 787 Dreamliner led to the indefinite cancellation of San Jose's recently launched direct service to Tokyo.
Virgin's 4 daily round-trips could accommodate nearly 1,200 passengers.
Delta Airlines also announced it would begin service between San Jose and LAX.