Southwest Airlines announced this morning it will start nonstop flights between Dallas Love Field and New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and 12 other cities this fall, once the Wright Amendment comes to an end.
The amendment has long limited Southwest to offer nonstop service from Love Field to nine states, including Texas. Those restrictions go away in October.
Dallas-based Southwest will serve five of the new nonstop destinations starting Oct. 13 – Baltimore/Washington; Denver; Las Vegas; Orlando and Chicago Midway.
Service to the other new nonstop destinations will start Nov. 2—Atlanta, Nashville, Washington Reagan National; Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood; Los Angeles International; New York LaGuardia; 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," Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines CEO, said in a news release. “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.”