With end of Wright, airlines at Dallas Love Field stretch their wings
October 13, 2014
By TERRY MAXON and JAMES OSBORNE (Photo Courtesy David Woo/Dallas News Staff Photographer)
Hundreds of Southwest Airlines employees cheer as T-shirts fly from the roof of the company’s headquarters at Love Field on a momentous day. The Wright amendment’s restrictions on nonstop service became history Monday.
Around 7:51 a.m. Monday, Southwest Airlines Flight 1013 left Kansas airspace and entered history. The two-hour flight from Dallas Love Field to Denver was the first airline flight to take advantage of Monday’s end to the Wright amendment. It flew into Colorado, a state that for nearly 35 years was off-limits to nonstop service from Love Field.
“How about that?” Southwest Airlines chairman and CEO Gary Kelly marveled at an early-morning news conference. “The Wright amendment is now history.”Southwest and new arrival Virgin America competed with as much celebration and noise as possible to mark the occasion, and Mayor Mike Rawlings and former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison were there to help both companies celebrate.
“Are we excited or what?!” Rawlings shouted at a Southwest ceremony. “This is a great day for Dallas, Texas, for Southwest Airlines and for Love Field.”
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