Love And War: Delta’s New Texas-Sized Battle

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    Delta certainly has attracted its share of drama recently, from its very public scuffle with the Middle Eastern carriers, to the so-called "Battle for Seattle," where Delta is trying to forge a hub presence in the Northwest at the expense of its former ally, Alaska Airlines. Now there's some very juicy drama involving Delta out of Dallas Love Field. Get your popcorn! For decades, Dallas' in-city airport, Love Field, had been operationally restrained by a combination of regional politics and American Airlines lobbyists. Until October 2014, flights out of Love Field could only serve destinations in Texas and immediately neighboring states, limiting the usefulness of the airport for all but extra-short-haul trips. With the full repeal of governmental restrictions (the Wright Amendment) in October, however, Love Field suddenly became very hot property, given that DFW Airport is much, much further from the Dallas city center. However, under the Wright Amendment, Southwest Airlines had built itself an efficient and powerful fortress hub at Love. With the repeal, Dallas-based Southwest saw Love as an even bigger boon: now it could potentially use its home city as a hub for flights to a huge array of domestic destinations. The post Love And War: Delta’s New Texas-Sized Battle appeared first on One Mile at a Time.

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