Merger, Wright amendment’s end bringing big changes to Dallas air travel

Merger, Wright amendment’s end bringing big changes to Dallas air travel
November 18, 2013
Countdown to expiration of the Wright amendment
The coming year is shaping up to be a monumental one for airlines and aviation in North Texas. If all goes according to plan, Fort Worth-based American Airlines will implement its merger with US Airways, making the leap from the nation’s third-largest carrier to the world’s largest. In addition, the Wright amendment, the federal law that has restricted flights out of Dallas Love Field since early 1980, will expire in October, opening up Love Field to nonstop flights anywhere in the United States.

November 17, 2013
By Terry Maxon
DallasNews.com

“You’ve a whole bunch of things going on,” economist Bernard Weinstein said. “You’ve got the consummation of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. You’ve got the Wright amendment going away. You’ve got the DART line arriving at Terminal A [at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport] next year.”

But 2014 will also be a year filled with uncertainty. Will the merger go well? Will the expiration of the Wright amendment spur new competition and low fares? Will the economy stay strong enough to keep U.S. airlines, and in particular the two based in North Texas, profitable?

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