Expired amendment permits increase in nonstop flights from Dallas

February 25, 2014 by  

Travel for Dallas residents will soon be a more convenient. Thanks to the expiration of the Wright amendment, airlines here will be able to increase nonstop service to cities across the country from Love Field. Southwest Airlines will be adding nonstop flights to 15 new cities this year.

The Wright amendment came about as a way to protect the newer Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) that was built in the early 1970s. DFW was built because Love Field was deemed too small to handle future air traffic. An agreement between Dallas, Fort Worth, and the airlines was signed agreeing for the airlines to move to the new airport once it was built.

As Southwest was formed after the agreement was signed, it was determined to be exempt and remained at Love Field, the only airline to do so. The Wright amendment was passed to curtail Southwest Airlines in 1979 and revisited in 2006, when it was decided the amendment would seize to limit non-stop flights in 2014. Starting in May, Southwest will post their new schedule and flights will go on sale.

In anticipation of the amendment’s expiration, Love Field has undergone renovations and added 20 new gates. The increase in competition is expected to lower prices, which will in turn increase tourism to the Dallas area. An increase in business for travel brochure printers will likely result as well.