Southwest Adds Flights to Nine Cities from Dallas Love Field After United Moves Operations to DFW

By Paul Riegler on 30 January 2015
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Southwest Airlines announced plans late Friday to add additional flights from Dallas Love Field in Texas, saying that customer demand for flights from the airport have exceeded expectations.

The carrier said it had acquired the rights to two additional Love Field gates following an announcement that United Airlines will cease its operations at the airport and only operate out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Southwest, which has its headquarters on the grounds of Dallas Love Field, said it will add non-stop flights to nine cities, among them Memphis, Milwaukee, and Seattle.

United said it will continue using its gates at Dallas Love Field until March 16.  The move gives Southwest 18 out of the 20 gates at the airport.

Southwest has been able to add long-haul flying from the airport thanks to the expiration of the Wright Amendment restrictions, a federal law which originally limited most non-stop flights from Love Field to destinations within Texas and neighboring states.

Southwest said it had entered into a long-term sublease agreement that transfers two gates from United Airlines to Southwest.  The transaction was approved by both the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the City of Dallas, which owns and operates Love Field.

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