Southwest to add routes to New York, 14 other cities
DALLAS — Southwest Airlines said it will start nonstop flights from Dallas to New York, Los Angeles, Washington and 12 other cities this fall, when federal limits on the airline’s home airport end.
The new service pits the onetime scrappy underdog in head-to-head competition with American and maybe Delta for passengers traveling to and from Dallas.
Southwest announced Monday that it will fly from Love Field to five cities starting Oct. 13 and 10 more on Nov. 2.
Those routes are off-limits to Southwest’s Boeing 737 jets because of a 1980 law designed to protect nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Under the Wright Amendment, as the law was called, planes bigger than 56 seats could only fly from Love Field to other cities in Texas and a few nearby states.
Southwest expects to add nearly 20 flights a day, to 146 daily departures in November, from Love Field, the airline’s eighth-busiest airport.