North Texas Travelers Benefit From Increased Competition for Air Travel
DALLAS, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Since passage of the Wright
Amendment in 1979, travelers into and out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area have
paid higher airfares and had fewer travel choices, due to a law that
restricted nonstop commercial air travel from Love Field to a small number of
nearby states. After a tremendous effort that started in November 2004, a bill
that repeals the Wright Amendment passed Congress by an overwhelming majority
on Sept. 29, 2006, and has now been signed into law by President Bush.
"This is one of the most significant moments in Southwest Airlines
history, and in the history of North Texas air travel," said Gary Kelly,
Southwest's Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Travelers have been
burdened for nearly 30 years with the higher airfares the Wright Amendment
nurtured by preventing competition. Over the past two years, the public has
spoken out for change, and a plan was developed that brought together parties
from both ends of the spectrum. The United States Congress passed the bill in
an overwhelming fashion, and we applaud President Bush for expeditiously
signing this bill so that we can begin to bring the Dallas/Fort Worth area
into the 21st Century of low fare air travel."
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) will offer one-stop (same plane) and
connecting service outside of the Wright Amendment's former restrictions. And
in eight years, the Wright Amendment will be completely eliminated.
"This momentous day would not have arrived had it not been for the heroic
and steadfast efforts of all our wonderful Employees and Customers," Kelly
By Thursday, Oct. 19, Southwest Airlines Customers can take full advantage
of 25 new destinations from Dallas Love Field Airport: Baltimore/Washington,
Chicago Midway, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Fort
Lauderdale/Hollywood, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles,
Louisville, Nashville, Oakland, Omaha, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix,
Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa Bay,
and Tucson. Combined with the 18 existing markets the airline serves from
Dallas Love Field, Southwest Customers can now travel between Dallas and a
total of 43 destinations.
New service would not be complete without Southwest Airlines' low fares!
Southwest is offering a $99 one-way introductory fare between Dallas Love
Field and the airline's 25 new destinations. These fares are available with a
14-day advance purchase for travel beginning Oct. 31, 2006, at http://www.southwest.com/?src=PR_WASale_101706
or by calling 1-800-I-FLY-SWA.
*See fare rules below.
Southwest Customers also can take advantage of even lower fares between
Dallas Love Field and the 25 new destinations by registering for DING!,
Southwest Airlines' downloadable desktop application. Visit
http://www.southwest.com/ding for more details.
Southwest Airlines is showing appreciation to its Rapid Rewards Members
with a "two-step salute!" Rapid Rewards Members traveling into and out of
Dallas Love Field between Oct. 19 and Dec. 31, 2006, will earn double credit
-- giving Customers a reason to get into and out of Dallas on the Double!
**See promotional rules below.
In addition to the 25 new Southwest destinations, the airline also will
offer codeshare service between Dallas Love Field and Honolulu, Maui, and New
Visit Southwest Airlines' corporate blog Nuts About Southwest at
blogsouthwest.com for additional Employee and Customer commentary regarding
this historic event.
After 35 years of service, Southwest Airlines continues to offer the best
value in airline travel. Southwest offers a very comfortable ride with all
premium leather seats and plenty of legroom. Southwest does not charge
Customers an extra fee for changing their reservation and continues to offer
free amenities. Customers enjoy complimentary pillows, blankets, snacks,
juice, soda, and water on all flights. Since 1987, the airline has maintained
the fewest overall Customer complaints as published in the Department of
Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Report. Southwest Airlines, the nation's
largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 63
cities in 32 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than
3,100 flights a day and has more than 32,000 Employees systemwide.
All introductory fares will be fully available for purchase beginning Oct.
19, 2006, and are valid for travel from Oct. 31, 2006, through the end of the
published schedule (currently March 9, 2007). All tickets must be purchased 14
days before departure. Fares are available one-way and are combinable with all
other fares (except Senior Fares). When combining fares, all ticketing
restrictions apply. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destination and day
of travel and will not be available on some flights that operate during very
busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares do not include a federal segment
tax of $3.30 per takeoff and landing. Fares do not include airport-assessed
passenger facility charges (PFC) of up to $9 one-way and U.S. government-
imposed September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 one-way. Fares are subject
to change until ticketed. Tickets are nonrefundable but may be applied toward
the purchase of future travel on Southwest Airlines if unused. Fares are valid
only on Southwest-published, scheduled service (fares are not valid on ATA
codeshare flights to Hawaii) and are not available through the Group Desk.
Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel
requires an upgrade to the full unrestricted fare. Fares are not necessarily
common rated in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.
**Rapid Rewards Rules
Rapid Rewards Members will earn two credits per one-way flight into and
out of Dallas Love Field when booked through southwest.com or swabiz.com and
flown during the promotional period. Rapid Rewards account number must be
provided in the reservation to receive double credit. Some changes made to
the itinerary after purchase may eliminate qualification for Rapid Rewards
double credit and promotional offers. Youth, child, military, and government
fares are not available for purchase on southwest.com. Reservations made
through swavacations.com are not eligible for this promotion. All Rapid
Rewards rules and regulations apply.
SOURCE Southwest Airlines
TACT: Public Relations of Southwest Airlines, +1-214-792-4847
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