DALLAS, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today announced the airline will offer new nonstop service to domestic destinations from Dallas Love Field following the repeal of flight restrictions imposed in 1979 limiting the reach of Dallas' most convenient airport.
Southwest will begin serving five new nonstop destinations on Oct. 13, followed by ten additional new nonstop destinations on Nov. 2. The addition of these 15 new nonstop destinations will bring Southwest to a total of 31 nonstop destinations from Love Field.
"The official repeal of Wright Amendment federal flight restrictions signifies a turning point for the Southwest brand not just in Dallas, but from coast-to-coast," said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO. "We are pleased to offer this new service to the Customers of our home airport, who have waited 34 long years, and we thank the many, many folks who made this opportunity a reality. Goodbye, Wright Amendment. Hello, America!"
Beginning Oct. 13, 2014, Southwest Airlines will launch nonstop service from Dallas Love Field to:
- Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago Midway.
Beginning Nov. 2, 2014, Southwest Airlines will launch nonstop service from Dallas Love Field to:
- Atlanta, Nashville, Washington, D.C. (Reagan National), Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles (LAX), New York (LaGuardia), Phoenix, San Diego, Orange County/Santa Ana Tampa.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison today joined Kelly and Southwest Employees at a news conference to celebrate the momentous occasion.
The Wright Amendment, and its subsequent revisions, limit Southwest Airlines' current nonstop all jet service from Dallas Love Field to nine states including Texas. The repeal of the federal law rewrites the map by allowing Southwest to potentially serve an additional 41 states and the District of Columbia (Reagan National airport) from Love Field.
In May, the airline will announce the specific flight schedules and fares for the sale of the new service, giving Southwest's Customers the first opportunity to book these flights via southwest.com.
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New flights would be added if the airline is able to obtain the rights to two gates that American Airlines must relinquish under the terms of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dallas Love Field could see traffic double or even triple if the Wright Amendment were repealed.
AirTran suspend the twice-daily flight to Los Angeles leaving American and United Airlines as the only carriers with the nonstop service.
The Omaha Airport Authority board has urged Nebraska's congressional delegation to push for repeal.