"It opens more avenues for us to travel," she said. "Southwest generally offers decent bargains, and it would give us more flexibility and possibly drive down prices."
Mike McGarry, vice president of marketing for Short's Travel Management in Overland Park, agreed that the impact of repealing the Wright amendment in Missouri or elsewhere is limited.
"In most big cities that have a second or third airport operating, all the major carriers don't flock to the airport with the lower cost structure," he said. "This gets more attention because it's in Texas, and a lot of issues there seem to get overblown."
While repeal of the Wright amendment in Missouri will benefit the state, one analyst said that American won't be entirely unhappy with the result. Even with the exemptions, 85 percent of the country continues to fall under its flight and marketing restrictions.
"It doesn't address the wider problem of the Wright amendment and the all other states that don't get nonstop service," said Mike Boyd, president of the Boyd Group, an aviation consulting firm.
Boyd said Friday's action is likely to mean that Missouri politicians probably won't back a more widespread effort to entirely eliminate the Wright amendment:
"This is a smart tactical move by American. They have to lower their Dallas fares to St. Louis and Kansas City, but so what? They get to keep the Wright Amendment for all the other states."
But Bond has already said he will next year's appropriations bill to further emasculate the Wright amendment if Congress does not take further action before then. That action is under way through a Senate Commerce Committee hearing earlier this month
"They know we're looking at them," Bond said. "It depends on whether they're taking action or making a good-faith effort to take action."
More North Texans are flying to Missouri these days after that state's exemption from the Wright Amendment.
Two airline titans are stirring up an old squabble on Capitol Hill, with lower airfares and more service between Kansas City and Dallas among the potential stakes.
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.
The Omaha Airport Authority board has urged Nebraska's congressional delegation to push for repeal.