Passenger traffic at Dallas Love Field rose 87 percent in September as the airport handled more than 1.2 million passengers, according to a city report.
It was the first full month of Southwest Airlines operating 180 daily flights at the airport and the Dallas-based carrier had 91 percent of the market share at Love Field.
Virgin America had 6.5 percent of the market, carrying almost 85,000 passengers while Delta Air Lines had 2 percent of the market, carrying about 27,000 passengers.
For the airport’s fiscal year 2015 which ended on September 30, Love Field saw its passenger traffic rise 54 percent compared to 2014. With the expiration of the Wright Amendment restrictions on October 13, the Dallas airport has seen its daily flight operations and passenger traffic grow dramatically.
The city of Dallas is still waiting for a ruling from a federal judge on whether or not Delta Air Lines should be accommodated with gate space at Love Field to operate its five daily flights to Atlanta. Delta had been leasing space from Southwest which ended the lease so it could operate its full schedule of 180 daily flights in August.