The city of Dallas just announced that it was granting two gates at Dallas Love Field to Virgin America.

American Airlines was forced to give up the gates by the U.S. Department of Justice as a condition of its merger with US Airways. Southwest Airlines, which already controls 16 of Love Field’s 20 gates, wanted the two gates and was applying considerable pressure on the city of Dallas.

Photo Credit: Richard Branson rolled out his typical publicity blitz in an effort to sway public opinion in Virgin's way. Virgin America