After years and years of bickering, a compromise has been reached on the Wright Amendment situation that affects Dallas Love airport. As mentioned here a bunch of times, the Wright Amendment forbade airlines from flying from Dallas Love to states that were not contiguous to Texas. Nor could they sell tickets between, say, Dallas Love and Baltimore with a stop in Oklahoma City. Well, that’s about to change.
Southwest and American reached an agreement whereby the Wright Amendment restrictions will disappear by 2014. In the short-term, airlines can sell tickets between, say, Dallas Love and Baltimore with a stop in Oklahoma City (this is called through-ticketing).
This deal has to be approved by Congress, and there’s a possibility that they will permit airlines to fly long-haul nonstop flights immediately (despite the terms of the agreement), in which case Southwest will have to give up 8 of its gates at the airport.
Many thought that Southwest would fight for immediate long-haul flights, but Southwest was likely most interested in being able to plan their business. This will be a huge win for consumers (and I wouldn’t be shocked if Congress forces immediately long-haul flights.)