Virgin America, United, and American have all announced new routes to the US in the next year or two.
The United and American routes are currently on hold for a number of reasons, including a US government ban on airlines operating with a seat belt law, which Virgin America’s parent company, Delta Air Lines, said would affect its flights.
Now, though, it looks like United Airlines will start serving Virgin America flights.
United Airlines announced the move on Twitter: United Airlines is proud to announce our new flights to Virgin America!
pic.twitter.com/3uWj4d7QJE — United (@united) March 10, 2019 The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new seat belt rule will take effect in 2019.
That rule, which was designed to prevent seat belt use in air travel, requires airlines to check passengers’ belts at check-in and check out, which is a major hurdle for many airlines, particularly American.
Delta, however, says it will continue to fly Virgin America routes and will continue flying US-operated flights with seats up for grabs.
Virgin America has a new route from Los Angeles to New York City and back again, with one stop at New York’s JFK International Airport.
The new route is scheduled to begin service in late 2019.
United is also scheduled to start flying American routes to Los Angeles, and will be the first US airline to start serving United flights.
In 2019, United will offer a limited number of seats to people with a US seat belt, but the airline said that it has no plans to extend the service to new passengers.
A Virgin America spokesperson told The Verge that the new route will begin service on October 2.
“We will be making our flight routes available to our current customers starting in October 2019,” the spokesperson said.
Virgin Atlantic is also making its flights available to US passengers, and the carrier announced on its Twitter account that it is planning a “limited number of US seats for new and existing Virgin Atlantic customers.”
The Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said that “we will continue the service of Virgin Atlantic with no plans of expansion.”
Virgin Atlantic said that the company is working to ensure that Virgin Atlantic passengers receive the seat belts they need.
“As a result of the DHS ban, our flights will be limited to US customers who need to fly with a U.S. seat belt.
Virgin will continue our work to make sure all passengers in the United States are able to board our flights,” the Virgin Atlantic representative said.