What Airlines are Putting the Moves on Dallas' Love Field?
For almost 40 years, flying in and out of Dallas meant you had a couple different options when it came to airports: DFW, the major international airport further from the city or DAL, the airport just about 10 minutes from the city center.
If you've never heard of Love Field, or perhaps know it as "the small one," that's thanks to the limitations put in place by The Wright Amendment. The bill, passed by congress in 1978, limited the size, destination, and type of aircraft that could fly in and out of Dallas-Love Field. Flights within Texas and into the four neighboring states (Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico) were all allowed. The Wright Amendment chased off most of Dallas' airline action to Dallas-Fort Worth International.
This October, however, the amendment will be lifted to end restrictions and Love Field will flourish with new airlines and routes. So who's due in?
· Love Field's home airline, Southwest, is planning to add new routes to their already good offerings from Love.
· Virgin America is vying for two landing slots and will eventually/hopefully move all flights from DFW to DAL.
· Delta is eyeing some flights to its major hubs around the country, but the US Government isn't looking too favorably upon this request.
· No word if United has thrown their hat in the ring yet, but they've got a hub at Houston so Texas is already all set.
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