Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Airport squabble over law spreads south

HoustonChronicle.com - Airport squabble over law spreads south: "'Set Love Free.'

That's the message Southwest Airlines brought to Houston on Monday as the nation's low-fare leader continued its campaign against the Wright Amendment.

The 'Love' in this case refers to the Dallas airport, where Southwest is trying to get route restrictions that are a part of the amendment lifted.

The Wright Amendment, passed in 1979, restricts long-haul flights from Love Field in Dallas, where Southwest is based. The intent was to help growth at then-new Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

A bill to repeal the amendment has been filed in the U.S. House, and Southwest's President, Colleen Barrett, told the Greater Houston Partnership Monday that one could be filed in the Senate as early as this week."


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