The Southwest effect hasn’t really happened yet in North Texas post-Wright Amendment.
According to the latest airfare data released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average air fare at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport didn’t change in the fourth quarter compared to the same period in 2013, staying around $412. At Dallas Love Field, fares only dropped 0.5 percent to $291.53 in the same time frame.
The fourth quarter data includes the first two months of the lifting of the Wright Amendment restrictions which previously prevented long-haul flights out of Dallas Love Field.
Typically, airlines offer promotional fares on new routes and markets. Southwest has continued to expand its network out of Love Field and plans to have 180 daily flights out of the airport by the end of the summer.
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For North Texas, the BTS said fares dropped 2.1 percent from $387.11 in the fourth quarter of 2013 to $379.12 in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Overall, the average domestic air fare rose 2 percent to $393 in the fourth quarter, the BTS report said. The most expensive average air fares were paid by passengers leaving Madison, Wis. an average of $505. The cheapest fares were for passengers originating in Sanford, Florida who paid an average of $99.
For 2014, average fares were up only 0.6 percent to $391.