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Virgin dumps nonstop service from Austin to Dallas in favor of new route

Virgin dumps service from Austin to Dallas in favor of new route

Virgin America airplane
No more nonstop flights from Austin to Dallas. Courtesy of Virgin America

Bad news for Austin travelers: Virgin America is dumping its nonstop route between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Dallas Love Field.

The route will be replaced with a new nonstop option for Dallas travelers to another hot city: Las Vegas. Flights between Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) begin as of December 1, with tickets on sale now for two daily round-trip flights between the two cities.

Virgin claims to bring some needed product and fare competition to this nonstop route, with fleet-wide Wi-Fi, custom-designed leather seating, power outlets, personal touch-screen entertainment platforms, and new aircrafts with three classes of service.

"Las Vegas is an iconic travel destination, and Dallas travelers deserve an option that gets them there in style, whether they are traveling for a fun weekend getaway or headed to one of the thousands of trade events or conventions that Las Vegas hosts each year," said Virgin America president and CEO David Cush in a release. "We are confident that our award-winning service and product will resonate on this route, especially since we will be the only carrier operating between Love Field and Las Vegas to offer three classes of premium service."

Service between DAL and AUS ends November 30. In a release, Virgin America senior vice president John Macleod said the route's performance "did not meet expectations" and that because the airline is limited to two gates, it had to "make tough decisions."

Guests who have already purchased tickets for travel between Love Field and Austin-Bergstrom on or after December 1 will be given the option of a full refund.