Will Dallas want to expand the gates at Love Field in five years? Certainly. Will Fort Worth be left out in the cold, again? You bet.
When the last agreement was signed between Dallas Mayor Miller and Fort Worth Mayor Moncrief allowing the changes at Love, it also called for no commercial air traffic out of Fort Worth/Tarrant County. Moncrief was a DFW Airport board member at the time, and I thought it strange that Fort Worth could not have any commercial traffic in the future while Dallas Love could now have flights to anywhere they wanted from 20 gates.
I understand that Moncrief wanted to protect DFW, but he could have done that by helping shut down Love, not allowing Love to expand and/or crippling Fort Worth. Tarrant County is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country.
If an air carrier decided that it would make sense to offer service from either Meacham or Alliance airports, from one of the fastest growing areas in the country, it cannot under the last agreement. Interesting that Dallas gets what it wants again — and in five years will get to expand gates — and Fort Worth is again left behind.