Why Southwest Airlines is So Excited for October 13, 2014
This week’s a big deal for the planes and people over at Southwest Airlines, the week that the countdown to the end of the Wright Amendment finally begins. The 1979 federal law limited where planes could fly out of Dallas-Love Field to cities in and around Texas and a few neighboring states, but once it expires, the airline will have a lot more freedom when it comes to where the blue-bellied planes can fly.
This marks a continuation of good news for Southwest in the Lone Star State. Just the other day we mentioned that the carrier was hard at work building its first international terminal over at Houston-Hobby, which seems to go hand-in-hand with the flight freedom that’s on the horizon at Love Field. We’re now one year away—October 13, 2014—from the day when the wing-clipping rules and regulations will be in the past.
To celebrate, Southwest Airlines revealed a countdown clock in an attempt to inform passengers and help them count the days until they’re allowed to head anywhere in the country right from Dallas-Love Field. There will still be some restrictions even when the Wright Amendment goes away, though, as the airport will be limited to just 20 gates and won't be able to operate international flights.
Southwest Airlines hasn’t revealed any big new routes into or out of Dallas-Love Field as of yet, but we’re sure those announcements are coming sooner than later. For now let’s start the countdown with them, as more competition and options are coming to the greater Dallas area—sorry American and Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport—in just one year from now.