Posted on: 10 March 2014 by Mark Howells
Southwest Airlines has announced the planned addition of 20 flights to 12 new nonstop destinations if it is able to acquire two additional gates at Dallas Love Field.
Should those gates be granted, the airline would add nonstop service to 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; and Seattle, WA.
Southwest is aiming to obtain the rights to two Love Field gates that American Airlines must relinquish under the terms of a settlement with the US Department of Justice. These destinations would be in addition to the 15 cities that Southwest previously announced it would serve from Love Field beginning later this year, and five new nonstop destinations currently planned for service in 2015 – Boston, MA; Oakland, CA; Panama City Beach, FL; Portland, OR; and San Jose, CA.
With the upcoming sunset of the Wright Amendment restrictions on long-haul flights from Love Field, demand for Southwest nonstop service from the airport far exceeds the company’s current gate capacity.