Could the new destination be Las Cruces, New Mexico?
The State of New Mexico spent $203 on Las Cruces, America’s first spaceport.
The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA), an arm of the state government, spent $31m on the Spaceport terminal. The Norman Foster designed terminal houses Virgin Galactic’s training facilities and lounges, and a maintenance hangar for two White Knight Two and five SpaceShipTwo craft.
In 2008 Virgin Galactic signed a twenty-year lease on the facility, and have been paying $1.63m a year to use since it was completed in January 2013.
Maybe the Virgin group are keen to see a return on their investment, and will operate Virgin Atlantic flights to the under-used facilities?
After reading this I had to check to make sure I opened the right post. I live in Las Cruces, and I can guarantee that VS isn't coming here. Its enough of a fantasy to wish for LRU-PHX on AA let alone a TA flight on VS. If any intl carrier were considering New Mexico, it would be into ABQ or to a lesser extent SAF.
Before my post ORD, PHX, PDX, MSP, IAH, AUS, EWR, DEN, DTW, SAN, SLC, TPA, DFW, BOI, MLB, BNA, HNL, CVG, FLL, ANC, RDU, RSW, STL, ACY, MSY, BDL, ICT, CHS, IND, SJU, RNO, MKE and STL were suggested.
Given that so many possibilities have been put forward, then how about an under-used airfield where the Virgin Group has exclusive use of a new terminal?
Some might think that Las Cruces has as much chance of seeing service as one or two of those proposed!
My suggestion is as serious as anyone wants it to be!