First anniversary of Wright Amendment repeal marked by increased travel
A year after the Wright Amendment was repealed, travel volume at Love Field has increased from 725,890 in 2014 to nearly 1.3 million this year. This increase in passengers using Love Field will increase the revenues at the airport, which by law must be reinvested at the airport.
“We anticipated our passenger volume to grow but we just didn’t expect it to grow so fast and so soon,” said Director of Aviation Mark Duebner a few months ago. To meet the need for increased parking, construction is expected to begin in December on a new 5,000-plus parking garage to be located next to the ticketing wing.
It was business as usual on Oct. 13. Southwest Airlines invited American Idol winner Nick Fradiani to serenade passengers in front of Southwest’s ticket counters. Repeal of the Wright Amendment allowed airlines serving Love Field to fly nonstop anywhere in the United States.