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Southwest to expand at Love Field


Southwest Airlines said it will add nine new destinations from Dallas Love Field as it gets two more gates at the airport in April.

The Dallas-based carrier said it will add flights to Memphis, Milwaukee and Seattle and will increase the number of nonstop flights on existing routes at Love Field. Southwest did not announce all of the new cities on Friday afternoon.

“Customer demand for our new, convenient long-haul nonstop service from Love Field has been even stronger than we anticipated, and we are excited now to have the opportunity to offer more flights to more cities from Dallas,” said Southwest chief commercial officer Bob Jordan in a statement.

Southwest said it is able to add the flights because United Airlines is transferring the use of its two gates at Love Field to Southwest. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but were approved by the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Dallas, which owns Love Field.

The carrier had already increased its daily flights to 153 at Love Field after the Wright Amendment restrictions expired in October 2014, allowing for long-haul domestic flights at the airport. With the deal, Southwest will control 18 of the 20 gates at Love Field.