Southwest Conditionally Offers To Give Up Some Love Gates

After their June 1 deadline passed without a local accord, two Texas Congressman plan to redouble their efforts to win House approval of the Wright Amendment.


"Love Field is a great asset that is not being fully utilized," the congressmen said in the letter, originally sent to the mayors on May 18. "Though some have suggested that closure of Love Field would best address the current tensions, we strongly disagree."

The proposal to close Love Field is similar to American's position that Southwest move its operations to D/FW, and was endorsed in April by the Business Travel Coalition.

It has appeared on aviation Internet blogs and was proposed again Tuesday by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, in an op-ed article in The Dallas Morning News.

In his op-ed article, Mr. Barton revealed that he and Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, have formally requested that the General Accountability Office examine alternative uses of Love Field.

Karen Modlin, a spokeswoman for Mr. Barton, said they do not expect the GAO report for two to three months.

Possible savings?

The two North Texas Republicans also asked the GAO, the watchdog arm of Congress, to examine the savings that taxpayers might reap if Love Field were used for something other than an airport.

"In addition, this study should provide a determination on whether today's volume of commercial passenger flights at Love Field could be accommodated at D/FW International Airport," Mr. Barton and Ms. Granger said in their letter to the GAO.

Suzanne Marta reported from Dallas and Robert Dodge reported from Washington, D.C. Staff writer Emily Ramshaw also contributed to this report from Dallas.



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