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The first year of no Wright Amendment

Passenger traffic at Dallas Love Field has soared since the lifting of the Wright Amendment restrictions last October.
Passenger traffic at Dallas Love Field has soared since the lifting of the Wright Amendment restrictions last October. Star-Telegram

A year ago today, the first post-Wright Amendment flight left Dallas Love Field for Denver.

And with the lifting of the Wright Amendment restrictions, Southwest Airlines has expanded like gangbusters at the downtown Dallas airport and American Airlines has scrambled to match low fares on similar routes out of Dallas/Fort Worth International airport.

In the most recent traffic statistics, the city of Dallas said passenger traffic at Love Field soared 79 percent in August when compared to August 2014. Southwest has increased its daily flights from 118 to its current schedule of 180 daily flights. Virgin America also moved its operations from DFW to Love Field and currently flies 14 daily flights.

The impact of more flights out of Love Field has affected Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, but not nearly as dramatically as some had anticipated. For August, DFW reported passenger traffic grew 1 percent with domestic traffic remaining flat while international traffic rose 7 percent.

At DFW’s “state of the airport” luncheon on Tuesday, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price noted that despite the lifting of the Wright Amendment restrictions, DFW “is still blowing and going.”

Here’s a look back at some of our coverage from last year’s party-like atmosphere, when Love Field was “set free.”

Southwest, Virgin America launch long-haul flights from Dallas Love Field

Decades Later, Wright Amendment lifted at Dallas Love Field

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