KCI hopes for an Improved 2006

Hurricanes, stock market contribute to 'flat' passenger numbers at KCI.

That became possible after President Bush signed a transportation bill a few weeks ago that made Missouri the ninth state where airlines can fly directly to and from Love Field.

Direct flights between Love Field and airports in most of Texas' nonbordering states are restricted by the Wright Amendment, which Congress passed in 1979.

American Airlines plans to offer three flights daily between Love Field and KCI, beginning March 2.

"We have an airline industry that is challenged right now," Fullerton said. "But tradition shows that when Southwest comes into a market and puts up its low-fare structure, the number of flights go up."


To reach Mike Rice, call (816) 234-5903 or send e-mail to mrice@kcstar.com .


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