Southwest Airlines said on Monday that it will be adding 15 nonstop flights at Dallas Love Field Airport and Tampa International Airport in November. This announcement came after the repeal of the 1979 restrictions that limited destinations served through Dallas' airport.
On October 13, Southwest Airlines will be adding five new nonstop destinations and 10 more on November 2. The additional flights raise the airline’s total to 31 nonstop destinations from Love Field which is Southwest Airlines' headquarters.
The official announcement for new scheduling, fares and services in May.
Love Field is located six minutes from downtown Dallas and it had been serving all major airlines to help reduce the crowded conditions of Dallas/Fort Worth’s International Airport. Dallas/Forth Worth opened in 1974 and has been in negotiations with Southwest Airlines to give the more distant airport a foothold with new and relocated flights.
The Wright Amendment limited Southwest Airlines flights from Dallas Love Field to nine other states including Texas. The repeal of the federal law would give Southwest the opportunity to serve an additional 41 states along with the District of Columbia from Love Field Airport.
Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President and CEO said in a news release, “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.”