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Wright Fight Over…

October 17th, 2006 · 4 Comments

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Southwest Airlines Unveils New Love Field Service

Dallas Business Journal – by Margaret Allen, Staff Writer

Southwest Airlines expects to win several thousand new customers a day and more than $50 million in revenue from its 25 new one-stop destinations now available out of Dallas Love Field.

The Dallas-based airline also expects to add new employees at city-owned Love Field, as well as new aircraft and new flights to accommodate the anticipated increase in demand, according to Gary Kelly, vice chairman and CEO of Southwest (NYSE: LUV).

In a conference call with reporters announcing the service to new markets, Kelly applauded the Wright Amendment Reform Act, recently signed into law by President Bush and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The reform, which ultimately nullifies the 1979 Wright Amendment ban on long-haul flights from Love, will allow nonstop, long-haul flights from the airport by 2014. The new destinations available now are the result of lifting through-ticketing restrictions, making it possible for Southwest to open up its reservation system to existing long-haul itineraries, said Kelly.

“We are simply unrestricting the connecting opportunities that exist within our flight schedule today,” said Kelly. “We are not adding any aircraft or changing any flights or routes. … For the first time, Dallas has access to the entire route network as it was originally flown.”

As stipulated by the act, commercial airlines flying scheduled service out of Love, may fly anywhere in the nation now, but only after touching down once in a close-in, nine-state Wright Amendment area. International flights remain off-limits.

Southwest passengers previously had to buy two tickets for two flights — which includes deplaning and switching baggage — if they wanted to fly to or from Love Field.

The new destinations are: Baltimore/Washington; Chicago Midway; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla.; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Oakland, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; Salt Lake City; San Diego; Seattle/Tacoma; Tampa Bay, Fla.; and Tucson, Ariz.

That translates to about 101 new itineraries a day out of Love Field, said Kelly.

For example, there will now be seven one-stop flights to Los Angeles, 14 to Phoenix, nine to Baltimore, eight to Chicago, six to San Diego, five to Orlando and two to Denver, all connecting through various close-in cities, like Houston, Kansas City, Albuquerque or St. Louis. In some cases, passengers won’t have to switch planes; in others, they will.

Wright Fight: OVER! Time to retire the banner ad.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Oct 19, 2006 at 2:41 am

    Does “touching down” require a stop at a gate or can the plane simply land, taxi back to the end of the runway, and take off again? Just wondering…

  • 2 Nicolas // Nov 3, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    I’d assume it means they would have to stop and unload at the gate. I guess they could attempt to get away with doing a touch and go. Come to think of it can you evan do a touch and go wit a jet? It seems like you might run out of runway…

    Congrats on the victory G.C. I hope you can return to the air soon.

  • 3 Flygirl // Nov 10, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    It’s about time…Southwest: Love – Denver! I’m excited!

  • 4 AeroBlue.Org // Jan 6, 2007 at 3:28 am

    Congress needs to stop these silly battles by giving airports protection under constitutional ‘interstate commerce’ clause. Here is another text book example of arbitrary restrictions that hurt our economy.

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