Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport administrators have proposed a truce that could end the fight over the Wright amendment and allow Dallas Love Field to serve long-haul routes.
In a report circulated this week, D/FW recommended creating a regional airport authority and slashing the number of gates at Love Field as conditions to lifting the 1979 federal law.
If those two objectives are reached, the administrators wrote in a March 7 report, then D/FW would back a phase-out of flight restrictions at Love over a "designated and agreed upon period of time."
It's unclear whether the D/FW proposal will gain traction, and officials from the cities and the airlines involved in the fight all indicated a regional airport authority and Wright should be considered separately.
Still, the recommendations represent a dramatic turn for D/FW, one of the most vocal opponents of a campaign to repeal the Wright law, which limits commercial service from the airport to Texas and eight other states.
Southwest Airlines ignited the Wright repeal campaign in November 2004.
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Love Field, which now has 32 gates, would have as few as 18 gates. Such a reduction could force Southwest to give up some of its terminal space, creating a mad scramble for territory at the facility.
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