FAA Makes It Official
In today's government
ruled by the bureaucrats, even the President's signature isn't good
enough. Luckily, the FAA didn't feel like arguing, so the law
repealing the Wright Admendment is now official.
As we reported Monday, after
President Bush signed the agreement into law, it went to the FAA
for a final "sanity check." The deal calls for an end to all Wright
Amendment restrictions on flights from Dallas Love Field in
Until then, carriers flying from Love will be allowed to sell
"through-tickets" to destinations beyond the eight-state perimeter
currently enforced under the 27-year-old agreement.
With those tickets, passengers won't have to get onboard a
second aircraft to travel from, say, Dallas to Las Vegas...
although their plane WILL have to stop in a Wright state first.
This should make Southwest customers flying out of Love Field very
"We have to view Dallas with all new eyes," said Southwest
spokeswoman Beth Harbin. "We'll be treating it like a new city. We
don't know what the demand is going to look like without the Wright
Southwest, American, executives at D/FW Airport, and officials
with both Dallas and Fort Worth sponsored the new law -- which
gives Southwest control of 16 of the 20 gate maximum at Love.
"It has been a long process, but North Texas consumers will
benefit from more competition and significantly reduced airfares,"
US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who sponsored the bill, said in a
The FAA gave final approval for the deal after reviewing the
impact increased traffic in and out of Love will have on the D/FW
area. Apparently, they feel it won't negatively impact air traffic
Industry analysts (including ANN) felt a quick approval from the
FAA was likely in light of testimony given before Congress during
the hearings discussing the new law. At that time, FAA officials
said any new operations at Love would be handled without a