study commissioned by Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) airport
finds that a repeal of the Wright Amendment would result in a 35% reduction in
air traffic at DFW, and that it would take the airport almost 20 years to
recover from the potential impact.
officials today unveiled the results of the study, entitled ‘Potential Airport
Impacts - Repeal of the Wright Amendment’. It was carried out by aviation
consulting firm Simat, Helliesen
& Eichner (SH&E).
report predicts that a repeal of the Wright Amendment would reduce flights at
DFW by 204 a day, cutting annual passenger numbers by 21 million. This would
lead to a loss of international connecting traffic through DFW, which would
have a particular impact on Latin America services, the
study provides further evidence that repealing the Wright Amendment would be a
devastating economic blow to the entire North Texas
region,” says DFW chief operating officer Kevin Cox. “We need competition
between airlines, not airports that are a mere eight miles apart.”
release of this report comes just days after Southwest Airlines launched a new
website designed to raise public support to oppose the 1979 law that restricts
the carrier’s Dallas Love Field operations.
Wright Amendment was introduced to protect the newly built DFW by limiting
nonstop service from Love Field to within Texas
and the four contiguous states of Arkansas,
Mexico and Oklahoma.
In 1997, the Shelby Amendment expanded this to include Alabama,
Kansas and Mississippi.
SH&E’s report also predicts that flights at Love Field
would double and possibly triple if Wright was overturned, which DFW says would
“strain [Love Field’s] aging infrastructure” and lead to “a dramatic increase
in automobile traffic”.
despite increasingly heated arguments from both sides on the Wright Amendment
issue, no bills have been introduced to the US Congress seeking a repeal. However, several US
senators have expressed an interest in examining the issue.