Virgin America will charge $15 for a first checked bag on travel from 5 May, following similar actions by US legacy carriers and a low-cost airlines.
The San Francisco-based startup is reviewing all operations as it posted a fourth quarter 2008 operating loss of $27millionafter losing roughly $174million for the first three quarters of the year.
"Because we fly to primary airports, we mainly compete with the large network carriers--all of whom already charge this fee. We're following the trend in domestic travel both here and abroad in order to keep fares low, while continuing to offer the highest quality product in the U.S. market," Virgin America VP of planning and sales Diana Walke says in a statement.
Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines, American Airlines,United Airlines, US Airways and AirTran Airways have a $15first checked bag fee. Sun Country Aiflines charges$12.