Wright Sides Showing Little Sign of Compromise

Bills to repeal the law have been introduced in the House and Senate. But key Texas legislators are leading a political defense of the law.

But after talking with Southwest and American officials and reading several studies, Miller is believed to be the only one on the board extending the olive branch for compromise. But it's nothing new to her.

In early October, Miller was on an island speaking against D/FW's pro-Wright advertising plan, calling it an "on-property, public blitz campaign."

"I don't blame the rest of the board members because they're fiduciaries of the airport," she said.

Other board members from Fort Worth and Dallas said they don't want compromise beyond the Wright Amendment.

"That was the deal that we were supposed to stick to," said Ben Muro, a D/FW board member from Dallas. "I don't see how we can come up with other promises and agreements at this time because we've already had the Wright Amendment, and that's where it needs to stay."

Santiago Salinas, D/FW board secretary and a self-described "worry wart" of D/FW's $3.7 billion debt, said he just wants to see the airport pay its bills. He fears that a repeal would divert some American flights to Love Field and cause D/FW's revenue to plummet.

"I'll tell you compromise -- if the city of Dallas signs up and says, 'We'll assure the debt,' or the federal government says, 'We'll take care of the debt,' then I have no problem," Salinas said. "Then they can do whatever they want."

Fort Worth Star Telegram

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