Southwest Airlines has announced 15 new nonstop flights from Love Field to popular cities across the country. Since 1979, the Wright Amendment has restricted where Dallas Love Field could provide nonstop service. That act will be repealed in October, paving the way for a new era of air travel.
Five new flights will be available beginning October 13, with 10 additional cities joining the schedule on November 2. The first five cities are Baltimore/Washington, Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando and Chicago Midway. The second wave includes Atlanta, Nashville, Washington D.C., Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Diego, Orange County/Santa Ana and Tampa.
"The official repeal of Wright Amendment federal flight restrictions signifies a turning point for the Southwest brand not just in Dallas, but from coast-to-coast," said Southwest Airlines president and CEO Gary Kelly in a statement.
"We are pleased to offer this new service to the customers of our home airport, who have waited 34 long years, and we thank the many, many folks who made this opportunity a reality. Goodbye, Wright Amendment. Hello, America!"
Southwest's February 3 announcement comes on the heels of news of its first international flights. Beginning July 1, Southwest will begin nonstop service from Atlanta to Aruba and Montego Bay; from Baltimore/Washington to Aruba, Nassau and Montego Bay; and from Orlando to Aruba and Montego Bay.