By Michael Garko, In Airline News
On Monday, Southwest announced 15 new destinations that it will finally be able to service nonstop from Dallas after decades of restrictions at its home airport.
Since 1979, Southwest and other airlines have been restricted to serving destinations in just nine American states from Love Field in Dallas (Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi) as a provision of the Wright Amendment, which was designed to protect the newer Dallas Fort Worth International Airport from competition.
On October 13, that will change with the expiration of the provision.
Southwest will launch flights to focus cities in Baltimore-Washington, Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Chicago-Midway starting October 13.
In addition to the focus cities, Southwest will add nonstop service Atlanta, Nashville, Washington-Reagan, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York-La Guardia, Phoenix, San Diego, Orange County (CA), and Tampa starting November 2.
The significant expansion will mean Southwest will operate flights to 31 destinations from Dallas to all areas of the country.
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