(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Virgin America and received via electronic mail. The
release was confirmed by the sender.) 
December 11, 2012 
CONTACT:  Ron Marsico, 212-435-7777 
Change in Airport’s Lease with American Airlines Allows
Increased Competition 
Air travelers at Newark Liberty International Airport will gain
additional flight choices when Virgin America begins service in
2013 as the result of a lease restructuring with American
Airlines authorized by the Port Authority Board of
Virgin America, a low-cost carrier with limited service in the
New York metropolitan area, will take over aircraft slot rights
at Newark Liberty from American, whose parent company is
currently reorganizing under bankruptcy protection.  Virgin
America will have sufficient slots to offer six daily flights to
Los Angeles and San Francisco starting next year.  The
arrangement is in accordance with a Federal Aviation
Administration mandate to increase competition at Newark
Five years after Virgin America began service as an upscale,
low-cost carrier with a flight from New York to San Francisco,
the airline is coming to New Jersey to expand its operations in
the metropolitan area.  Headquartered in California, Virgin
America has increased its operations to 19 destinations and
created 2,600 jobs since 2007. Virgin America will help offer
Newark Liberty’s passengers more travel choices to California,
while providing the potential to boost overall passenger growth
at the airport. 
Under the agreement, American is relinquishing three of the six
gates it holds at Newark Liberty’s Terminal A.  American will
reduce its costs at the airport by allowing Virgin America to
take over one gate and the Port Authority to control the other
two for use by various carriers as needed. 
Creating common-use gates and adding a new carrier advances the
agency’s goal of increased competition at Newark Liberty and
supports potentially increased passenger growth at the airport. 
“Increasing airline competition at our major airports is an
important goal we share with the FAA,” said Port Authority
Chairman David Samson.  “The addition of a quality carrier like
Virgin America to Newark Liberty helps us achieve that goal and
provides increased low-cost flight options for passengers.” 
“Opening our airports to new carriers is a fundamental part of
the Port Authority’s aviation mission,’’ said Scott Rechler, the
agency’s vice chairman.  “This is a smart and viable arrangement
that benefits American Airlines, Virgin America, and most
importantly, the traveling public flying in and out of our
“Access to the Port Authority’s slot-constrained commercial
airports is highly sought but not easy to obtain,” said Port
Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.  “We are pleased to bring
a new carrier and more competition to Newark Liberty, while
maintaining our valued relationship with American Airlines.’’ 
“In beginning service at Newark Liberty International Airport,
Virgin America joins a family of airlines committed to bringing
more destinations to the people of New Jersey and New York,”
said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. 
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important
transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country.
The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport
facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more
than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion
in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The
Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade
Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic
One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in
New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either
the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New
York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users,
tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and
federal grants to fund its operations. For more information,
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