I have never liked the Wright amendment and when I first learned of it I was shocked and in disbelief that the government had actually placed restrictions on one business so that business could improve at DFW.I agree with Southwest, that it should be repealed. I think in one view, just to reward Southwest for being such a good company. Think of the irony of the fact that Southwest is the only airline I know of that runs in the black (with those restrictions) even after 9/11 and airlines like American always run in the red and have been bailed out by the federal government (actually us the tax payers) twice that I know of.American and DFW whine about if repealed it will take away business from North Texas, but if some business is transferred from DFW to Love Field then doesn't it stay in North Texas anyway?And what about folks like Kay Bailey Huchtinson, who being a Republican should be in favor of government staying out of business and interfering with free enterprise, yet she is backing DFW and American Airlines. I wonder how much and what favors they have contributed to her.
I thought the headline was good too. I hate the Wright Amendment and DFW in general. They are making a ton of money from the Airlines and the travelers.www.setlovefree.com
The Wright Amendment is sad in so many ways... in addition to the huge financial burdens it places on North Texans, it also exposes the blatant ability of large business interests to effectively "purchase" politicians.Study after study has shown the overwhelming majority of area residents to be in favor of repeal (and yes, this even includes Fort Worth residents).
I totally support Southwest Airlines and their fight and applaud their efforts. This amendment needs to go away once and for all.
Amen,to all of the above!!
Most don't understand it. Fort Worth had an airport, in fact you can still see the old runway and taxiway at the north end of Amon Carter Boulevard just south of DFW today. Cities of Dallas and Fort Worth agreed to close their individual airports to build DFW. Fort Worth bulldozed its airport, Dallas did not because Southwest started up and sued to keep Love open. Wright Amendment says "OK", but you can't fly all over the country and cut away from the billions being invested at the new DFW. Actually, withouth Wright Amendment Love Field would revert to being closed completely. Learn the facts before you blog.
Anon 8:15I think while you express some facts, your opinion also weighs heavily. DFW Airport shows a PROFIT and a very LARGE one every year. If they would lower their fees to airlines and etc they wouldn't have Southwest out at Love Field, they would be there. We need open competiton.
Anon 8:15 pmSouthwest was already at Love Field and refused to relocate. I guess with the supreme court ruling in the spring Dallas could boot them out using 'imminent domain'.
Southwest was not at Love Field when DFW opened. Love closed for a year or two after DFW opened.In fact, during the closure there was an amusement park in Love Field called "Love." There was an ice rink in the area where the Texas Ranger statue is, a roller rink in another area, movie theaters upstairs, and a bunch of places to get food. I went there a few times with Decatur church youth groups (I think the Methodist Church, but it could have been First Baptist). It was a fun place, but it didn't last. Then Southwest got started, and succesfully sued for the right to use Love Field.
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