Delta plans new Dallas Love flights

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Delta Air Lines plans to launch 18 new flights from Dallas Love Field to its hubs in 2014, if it gets the two gates that American Airlines is divesting at the airport.

The Atlanta-based SkyTeam alliance carrier will begin service to Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York LaGuardia when the Wright Amendment, which limits service from Love Field, is lifted in October 2014.

The service will complement Delta’s existing service from Love Field to Atlanta, as well as its 45 peak-day departures from nearby Dallas/Fort Worth International airport.

Dallas/Fort Worth is a top business market and critical to our strategy of connecting the world's leading cities for business and commerce,” says Bob Cortelyou, senior vice-president of network planning at Delta, in a statement.

The new Love Field flights “require access to gates”, as Delta puts it. The airline is pushing the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to allow them to bid on the gates as well as 44 slot pairs at Ronald Reagan Washington National airport.

The DOJ agreed to a settlement with American and US Airways in exchange for approval of their merger on 12 November. The Love Field gates and Washington National slots are part of a package of assets the airlines agreed to divest.

Delta leases the two gates at Love Field from American currently.

Southwest Airlines, the largest carrier at Love Field, also plans to add new flights to destinations beyond the current Wright Amendment perimeter - states that border Texas plus Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri - from October 2014.