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Alaska Airlines will continue flying from Dallas Love Field with the gate access it inherited in its acquisition of Virgin America.

That will give Alaska Airlines, which already flies from Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW), an ongoing presence at both of the major airports in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area

“We’re keeping both for sure. We love Love Field,” Ben Minicucci, the Alaska Air president currently in charge of Virgin America, said to Bloomberg News earlier this week.

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Minicucci’s comments appear to end speculation from some industry observers about whether Alaska Airlines would continue flying from both of the Dallas/Fort Worth-area airports as it proceeds with its merger with Virgin America.

Virgin America began flying from Love Field in 2014, shifting its service from DFW to that airport after it secured gate space that became available as a result of divestitures made by American Airlines to secure approval for its merger with US Airways.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan suggested to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Alaska Airlines had not seriously considered pulling service from either of the Dallas-area airports.

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