The Atlanta-based carrier announced on Thursday it plans to add 18 daily nonstop flights to five destinations from Love Field. Currently, it offers daily flights to Atlanta using small regional jets which allows the carrier to fly beyond the geographic restrictions of the Wright Amendment.
The destinations include New York-LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul and additional flights to Atlanta.
"Our new service at Dallas Love Field means more competition and options for North Texas travelers, and flights to our international hubs will provide convenient connections to international destinations in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa," said Delta senior vice president Bob Cortelyou in a statement. "Dallas/Fort Worth is a top business market and critical to our strategy of connecting the world's leading cities for business and commerce."
Delta currently operates out of Love Field using gates it has leased from American Airlines, who does not fly out of the airport. As part of American and US Airways settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow them to merge, American is required to give up those two gates it has at Love Field.
Under the Wright Amendment compromise in 2006, Love Field was limited to 20 gates. Of those gates, Southwest Airlines controls 16 of those gates and operates the majority of flights out of the airport. United Continental also offers flights to Houston from Love Field.
Delta said it employs almost 1,000 workers in the Metroplex with its operations at Dallas/Fort Worth airport, Love Field and in customer service and reservations.