Virgin America announced Monday it will bring its low-fare, upscale service to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) starting May 1, with tickets on sale Feb. 5 for four daily roundtrip flights from SJC to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Virgin America's principal base of operation is San Francisco International Airport (SFO), where it first launched service in August 2007. The addition of flight service to SJC will expand the airline's presence in the greater Bay Area and bring new competition and economic growth to the region, the company said in a press release Monday.
"San Jose International Airport is important for Silicon Valley business travelers and it deserves more flight options," said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. "As an airline known for amenities that keep travelers connected and productive in the skies, we hope our flights can offer some healthy competition and a better choice for the Bay's entrepreneurs and business travelers."
In five and a half years of flying, Virgin America has grown from three aircraft to a fleet of 52, with expansion to 19 destinations. The airline is now the second largest airline carrier at its home airport of SFO.
The SJC network addition will also create convenient roundtrip connectivity between San Jose and Virgin America's Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando and Washington D.C. destinations. Virgin America will be the first carrier to offer a First Class cabin on all SJC-LAX flights. The airline will operate out of SJC's new Terminal A.