Virgin America is launching service to Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon on June 5, offering two daily non-stop flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and one daily non-stop flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Portland, Oregon will be Virgin America’s 18th destination.
“Our airline launched in 2007 because we believed travelers deserved better choices in air travel. We are excited to start new service to PDX and we hope our unique blend of low fares and inventive service will be a fresh alternative for Portland travelers,” says David Cush, president and CEO of Virgin America.
“Although there are strong business and leisure travel ties between California and Portland, the West Coast-to-PDX market generally has higher fares than similar flights to Seattle and the reason is competition,” adds Cush. “We are thrilled to offer Portland travelers a different choice – in an industry often characterized by monotony.”
To promote its services to Portland, Virgin America is launching a systemwide fare sale, with one-way PDX-LAX and PDX-SFO fares from $99 (taxes and fees included and restrictions applying). Tickets are available for purchase at www.virginamerica.com and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN.
Virgin America is also asking its social media followers to submit “Portland-themed” plane names to grace its 50th aircraft, which will be inducted into the airline’s rapidly growing fleet in April. The top five names will be voted on and selected by the carrier’s employees. The winner will see his or her name at 35,000 feet on the side of a new Airbus A320 and win two round-trip flights on the new Portland route.
The airline’s schedule from Portland to Los Angeles will see flight VX803 leaving PDX daily at 6:30 a.m. and landing at LAX at 8:50 a.m. Flight VX809 is timed to depart PDX daily at 4:05 p.m. and reach LAX at 6:25 p.m.
In the other direction, flight VX802 is scheduled to push back from the gate at LAX at 9:35 a.m. and to touch down at PDX at 11:50 a.m. Flight VX808 leaves LAX at 7:10 p.m. and gets to PDX at 9:25 p.m.
Virgin America’s schedule from Portland to San Francisco calls for flight VX817 to push back from the gate at PDX daily at 12:35 p.m. and reach SFO at 2:30 p.m.
In the other direction, flight VX816 departs SFO daily at 1:30 p.m. and arrives at PDX at 3:20 p.m.
At SFO or LAX, connecting flights will also be available from PDX to Virgin America’s New York (JFK), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Washington Dulles (IAD), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS), San Diego (SAN), Cancun (CUN) and Philadelphia (PHL) flights.