United Airlines will discontinue service to Dallas Love Field in March, concentrating its service to the region at Dallas/Fort Worth International airport.

The Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier will end its up to seven flights a day to Love Field from its hub at Houston Intercontinental airport on 16 March, it confirms. It operates 50-seat regional jets on the route.

“We have closed a transaction for long-term sublease of our two Dallas Love Field gates to Southwest,” says a United spokesperson. “This change will allow us to focus on our strengths in the region – including our large Houston hub – and continue to serve our customers through [Dallas/Fort Worth International airport].”

United will continue to serve Dallas/Fort Worth from Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Houston Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles, Innovata schedules show.

Dallas-based Southwest will take over the two gates at the 20-gate airport in March, allowing it to add nonstop service to nine new cities from Love Field, including Memphis, Milwaukee and Seattle Tacoma, and increase frequency on some existing routes later this year.

Delta Air Lines, which operates up to four flights a day to Atlanta from United’s gates at Love Field, was not immediately available for comment.

The terminal at Love Field is capped at 20 gates under an agreement that allowed for the Wright Amendment to be lifted in October 2014. The Wright Amendment limited flights from the airport to cities in Texas, bordering states and Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri.

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