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Service at Love Airport to Increase

by Lux Joseph 14. February 2014

Travel for the past two weeks has been chaotic in the northeast as the winter storms continue to hit and impact the travel industry significantly. Weather is certainly an obstacle for all airlines, but some airlines are facing other challenges in regards to operations. Love Airport, serving the Dallas Fort Worth area is currently the home and headquarters to Southwest Airlines. The following airlines also provide service: Delta, United, and Seaport Airlines. Love Airport terminal opened in 1958 and in 1971 Southwest began service (Southwest.com). Unfortunately though, for the past 34 years the Wright Amendment has limited the amount of long haul flights able to depart out of Love. Despite the restrictions, Southwest Airlines pushed forward keeping Love Airport their headquarters.

Southwest has a countdown until October 10, 2014 in which the Wright Amendment expires. This will be the day that Southwest limitations will be lifted and they will be free to launch service to all fifty states. This is definitely a forward move for Southwest Airlines and for the travel industry as a whole. Restrictions will still remain at the Love Airport including the inability to expand beyond 20 gates and no international service. Currently Southwest has control over 16 gates and therefore the maximum number of flights will be no more than 140-150 per day. Although Southwest Airlines just introduced its international service, it will still remain at halt at Love. Slow improvement is better than no improvement.

The Wright Amendment was put into place to limit competition between Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW). For travelers today, if you are connecting through Dallas it is almost always going through DFW unless you are on Southwest, but these changes in October 2014 will bring more competition and lower fares to the Dallas market. Delta Airlines, one of the other carriers operating at Love have already placed flights into the reservation system to their major hubs including Minneapolis, Detroit, Los Angeles, and LaGuardia.

Southwest has announced the following nonstop flights to begin in Fall 2014:

Starting October 13, 2014

Baltimore/Washington

Las Vegas           

Orlando

Chicago (Midway)

Denver

Starting November 2, 2014

New York (LaGuardia)

Washington DC (Reagan National)

Nashville

Atlanta

Tampa Bay         

San Diego

Los Angeles (LAX)

Orange County

Ft. Lauderdale

Southwest Airlines is not at airline of choice at Commercial Medical Escorts because most of our patients require upgraded seating, but looking for low cost flights for the escorts to the patient’s current location and returning them to their base is important. Just last week we were moving a patient out of Dallas, TX and utilized the ultra-low cost carrier, Spriit airlines. We look forward to more news regarding service at Love.

Happy Valentines Day from everyone at Commercial Medical Escorts!


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