"The number of meetings in April and May will no doubt increase as we make progress," Miller wrote. The meetings in March -- one on Wednesday, another the next Monday and three in the month's final week -- will mainly offer an overview of the issues and lay out the process and options for moving forward, according to the memo.
The two Fort Worth council members said attempting to get the airlines together is a good start.
"One of the stated objectives is to get the airlines talking and get as many people talking as possible," one of the council members said. "I know there's a lot of conversations taking place. I think we're all moving as fast as we can."
This person said the mayors aren't trying to hand the negotiations off to the airlines.
The Wright Amendment restricts long-haul commercial flights at Dallas Love Field to cities in Texas and eight nearby states. Southwest began campaigning against the 1979 federal law more than a year ago, saying it's outdated, restricts competition and keeps airfares high in the North Texas market.
American and supporters of the Wright Amendment argue that the law helped build Dallas/Fort Worth Airport into an economic engine and should not be repealed. They say Southwest should move its operations to D/FW, from where it could fly anywhere.
Southwest has said it won't move to D/FW because it doesn't fit the company's business model. American dominates D/FW, while Southwest dominates Love.
The two cities have been prodded into negotiations on the Wright Amendment by Congress, which last year exempted Missouri from the flight restrictions. The Fort Worth and Dallas councils this week passed resolutions asking Congress to give the cities time to seek a local agreement.
Dallas' resolution asked for a pause in legislative efforts until after June 14; Fort Worth asked for Aug. 1.
At the request of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who has been lobbying Congress to stand down while Fort Worth and Dallas negotiate, Miller sent a letter Friday to Congress telling members about the resolutions.
Any negotiations promise to be complex. There's broad support for limiting growth at Love. Beyond that, Wright Amendment foes want repeal or at least a phaseout, and connecting and one-stop ticketing to long-haul destinations as soon as possible.
Both sides want to discuss creating a regional airport authority that would own major North Texas airports, but that issue gets sticky when it comes to which airports to include. Fort Worth, for example, doesn't want to include Alliance Airport.
Wright Amendment proponents also want to discuss disparate landing fees at D/FW and Love, which is among the cheapest airports nationally for airlines.
Staff writers Trebor Banstetter and Maria Recio contributed to this report.
Both airlines said Friday they hadn't been contacted. And actually getting the world's largest airline, American, in the same room with the country's most profitable airline, Southwest, won't be...
The City Council passed a resolution asking Congress to postpone action on the controversial Wright Amendment until after June 14.
The City Council unanimously approved a resolution asking Congress to postpone action on the controversial Wright Amendment until after June 14.
The debate has reached the final stages of working out the details, and will likely be completed by late Wednesday or early Thursday.