Battle Lands at Dallas Airport

American's Love Field service, which is likely to begin after the first of the year, will come thanks to a transportation spending bill that President Bush signed into law yesterday.

For D/FW, the new flights to Missouri will likely result in some loss of service to St. Louis and Kansas City as American shifts flights to the Dallas airport. And American executives have also warned that moving flights to Love could mean additional reductions at D/FW as its hub there shrinks.

The exemption comes largely from the efforts of Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., who inserted the provision in the transportation spending bill. Bond, a Wright opponent, is chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the nation's transportation system.

"I am pleased that I was able to exempt Missouri from this anti-competitive, anti-consumer policy," Bond said in a statement.

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