including a repeal of the contentious Wright Amendment limiting services from
the airport in eight years.
new Wright Amendment Reform Act of 2006, however, retains a ban on
international services from Love Field, and cuts the number of gates that can
be used for passenger services to 20 “as soon as is practicable”.
Field currently has 26 passenger gates intact.
restrictions on nonstop services currently imposed upon Love Field-based
airlines remained unchanged until the repeal take effect in 2014. This
restrictions limit nonstop services to within Texas
and to Alabama, Arkansas,
New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Love Field charter operator is limited to 10 flights a month under the new law.
bill was approved late last month by the US House of Representatives and the
Senate after eleventh hour changes to conditions some legislators considered a
breach of the country’s antitrust laws. However, the fundamental elements of an
agreement between Love Field based-Southwest Airlines and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)-hubbed American Airlines are
include new rights that allow Love Field narrowbody
operators to offer through ticketing to destinations within the USA.
However, an agreement to give Southwest 16 of Love Field’s gates, and two each to American and Continental Airlines -
which is not part of the new law - is subject to several lawsuits.
are extremely pleased to see the Wright Amendment Reform Act become law with
the President’s signature today,” says DFW chief operating officer Kevin Cox in
a statement. “This is the dawn of a new day in North Texas aviation,
as we look forward to a bright future and new growth under this historic
adds: “We would like to express our deepest gratitude to mayor Laura Miller of
Dallas and mayor Mike Moncrief
of Fort Worth for having the vision to bring the parties together for this
historic agreement, to the Dallas and Fort Worth city councils for their
support of it, and we would especially like to thank all the members of the
North Texas Congressional delegation for their leadership in seeing this
through all the way to the President’s desk.”
Wright Amendment was introduced in the 1970s to protect the then newly-built
DFW from competition.
American, Continental nor Southwest
are immediately available for comment. Mayor Miller in a press conference said
the city will proceed with its obligations, including the demolition of a
terminal once used by the new-defunct Legend Airlines.
new rules take effect once the US FAA has confirmed that the law meets its
safety standards. This is considered a procedural move.