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Southwest Airlines added nonstop flights from Dallas Love Field to San Francisco and Oakland today, completing — at least for now — an expansion at the city airport that began in October. Dallas-based Southwest has increased its Love Field flights approximately 30 percent since October to 153 daily departures to 33 cities.


Love Field statistics released this week show what the end of the Wright Amendment has meant for our favorite in-city airport. Passenger airline traffic soared nearly 37 percent at Love in November — the first full month of expanded flights after flying restrictions ended there — from a year earlier.


Much of that increase is from Southwest, but other airlines also have recently expanded at Love. Virgin America, which moved operations from D/FW, offers 13 daily flights to the East and West coasts. And, Delta is now flying larger planes on five daily trips to Atlanta.


At Ebby Halliday, we’re thrilled with the growth of both of North Texas’ premier passenger airports, D/FW International and Love Field. To learn more about all our region has to offer, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Southwest/DAL: 2 new gates, 12 new destinations

Southwest/DAL: 2 new gates, 12 new destinations

Airlines said Monday that it wants to add 12 additional nonstop cities out of Dallas Love Field to its already growing arsenal of nonstop destinations that it has planned for 2014.


Early last month, we reported on the breaking news that Southwest had a deal to add 15 new nonstop flights from Love Field that would begin starting in October 2014. But this Monday, March 10, Southwest announced its interest in the two gates that American Airlines must give up at the airport. This would allow Southwest to add an additional 20 flights with service to 12 new nonstop cities in 2014.


The 12 newest destinations would include:

-Charlotte, NC

-Charleston, SC

-Detroit, MI

-Indianapolis, IN

-Memphis, TN

-Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

-Newark, NJ

-Philadelphia, PA

-Raleigh/Durham, NC

-Sacramento, CA

-San Francisco, CA

-Seattle/Tacoma, WA


If Southwest wins over these two additional gates it will control 18 of the 20 gates at Dallas Love Field. And, if this happens, Southwest announced that it will add 5 more nonstop destinations in 2015 including:

-Boston, MA

-Oakland, CA

-Panama City Beach, FL

-Portland, OR

-San Jose, CA


A study claims that giving these two gates to Southwest would bring many positive things, like:

-A reduction in airfares of nearly $100 per roundtrip to new DAL markets

-1.4 million more passengers per year flying to and from Dallas

-$120 million in fare savings annually to Dallas residents and visitors

-365,000 new visitors to the Dallas area annually who will spend money in the local economy and therefore generate 4,700 new jobs, $214 million in annual earnings to local workers, and $559 million in local sales per year.



It sounds like this is a deal that’s worth considerable thought for the Dallas Love Field Airport and for anyone who lives in or visits the Dallas area or the proposed additional nonstop destinations. What do you think? Comment below and let us know.


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