Southwest to fly to Missouri from Dallas

After months of debate over a law that prevented Southwest Airlines from flying between its hub at Dallas Love Field Airport and Missouri, a new bill will allow the discount airline to begin the service.

Previously, under the Wright Amendment, airplanes leaving Dallas Love Field were only allowed to fly within Texas. The aim of the amendment was to build up the new international airport that had been started at Dallas/Ft Worth.
With the new transportation bill Southwest Airlines is expected to fly between Dallas and the Missourian cities of Kansas City and St Louis.

Airline spokeswoman Beth Harbin is hopeful that the flights will begin by the end of 2005.

She said: “It’s exciting for Southwest and customers in Missouri who are finally going to get low-fare access to Dallas.”

One airline that is not going to be excited is American Airlines, who operates a hub in Dallas/Ft Worth International Airport, and had tried hard to block the new bill.

American has announced plans to operate out of Love Field and will now face fierce competition with Southwest for the Texas market.

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