Aviation

Delta will continue at Love Field, for now

Delta Air Lines will continue to operate flights to Atlanta from Dallas Love Field at least until the end of the year.

On Wednesday evening, Southwest Airlines Vice President Mark Shaw said his airline was in discussions with Delta about providing gate space. Dallas had told Delta to vacate Love Field before Monday.

“We have let Delta know that we are willing to potentially accommodate them on a portion of a gate through January 6, 2015, in order to avoid inconveniencing passengers booked on Delta flights from Love Field during that time,” Shaw said in a statement.

Shaw said Southwest expects to conclude the discussions quickly.

Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter said the carrier “continues to work with all parties involved toward a permanent solution for long-term service.” The carrier will continue its daily flights to Atlanta with the temporary space provided by Southwest.

The Atlanta-based carrier had been leasing a gate at Love Field from American Airlines, providing flights to Atlanta on small regional jets.

This year, American had to give up its two Love Field gates to Virgin America as part of a settlement with the Justice Department to get approval for American’s merger with US Airways.

Delta tried unsuccessfully to negotiate lease space with Virgin America and United Airlines, which leases two gates. Dallas notified Delta last week that it would have to cease operations at Love Field.

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