Southwest to Release Study Assessing Impact of Lifting Wright Ammendment

The Wright Amendment fight goes another round today as Southwest Airlines releases its study assessing the economic impact of lifting flight restrictions at Dallas Love Field.

Southwest declined to release details Monday but said the study, conducted by Campbell-Hill Aviation Group of Alexandria, Va., concludes that repealing the amendment would be positive for the North Texas economy and consumers.

A report commissioned by Dallas/Fort Worth Airport concluded that lifting the amendment could cause the airport to lose more than 200 daily flights and up to 35 percent of its passengers. But it also found that airfares on some routes would decline significantly.

The Wright Amendment, passed in 1979, prohibits interstate service from Dallas Love Field except to those states bordering Texas, plus Alabama, Mississippi and Kansas.