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May 31, 2011

D/FW may know Southwest's plans to pull AirTran service out by the end of the week

At Tuesday's Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Board committee meetings, airport chief executive Jeff Fegan said he expects to hear from Southwest Airlines soon on the carrier's plans to end AirTran service at D/FW.

"They have indicated that they plan on sending me a letter," Fegan told board members who inquired on the progress of discussions with the Dallas-based carrier. "There are no official plans...I suspect we will hear in the next couple of days."

Southwest Airlines purchased AirTran Airways on May 2 and announced it plans to end AirTran's service at D/FW in order to remain in compliance with the Wright Amendment Compromise Agreement. 

Under the agreement signed in 2006, Southwest would have to give up one gate at Dallas Love Field for every gate that it uses at D/FW Airport. AirTran currently uses two gates at D/FW Airport for nine daily flights to Orlando, Atlanta and Baltimore.

AirTran flights departing D/FW through November 21 are available for purchase on AirTran's website.

-Andrea Ahles

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