bill to exempt Missouri
from the Dallas Love Field flight restrictions imposed by the Wright Amendment
has been passed by the US Congress.
legislation, which would add Missouri
to the limited list of states permitted to receive air service from Love Field,
has to be signed by President George W Bush before it becomes law.
the move prompted American Airlines to hold talks with Love Field officials on
November 18 to discuss returning to the three gates the US
major still leases at the airport.
American spokesman says the carrier is “examining closely” the possibility of
restarting service from Love Field as a contingency plan in case the Missouri
exemption becomes law.
adds that no specific service plans have been disclosed, although reports say
the carrier will likely serve Kansas
City and St
Field-based Southwest Airlines has been fighting to repeal the 26-year-old
Wright Amendment, which currently restricts nonstop service from the airport to
and the neighboring states of Alabama,
Worth-based American has said a repeal of Wright would be “unfair and unwise”,
but that the carrier will move in to fill its three unused gates at Love Field
to compete head-to-head with Southwest if it has to.