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December 25, 2013

No. 7 Delta fires the first shot in the upcoming Wright Amendment battle

DeltaThe Wright Amendment restrictions aren't scheduled to expire until October 2014, but that didn't stop Delta Air Lines from firing the first shot in the battle of Dallas Love Field.

Delta, who currently flies five daily flights to Atlanta from Love Field using 50-seat jets, announced in November that it wants to expand its service from Love, adding four new destinations: New York-LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Detroit and Minneapolis St. Paul. 

Customers can already purchase tickets for those flights, which will begin operations late next year, on Delta's web site.

But here's the catch.

Delta uses gates at Love Field that it leases from American Airlines. Per American's agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice in order to get approval of its merger with US Airways, American needs to give those gates up.

Delta is lobbying the government to get those gates so it can add these new flights. However, the DOJ has said it wants low-cost carriers and not airlines like Delta to have take-off and landing slots and gates that American has to give up in the settlement.

If Delta gets those gates, we already know what they plan to do with them for North Texas travelers.

It's your move next, Southwest.

-Andrea Ahles

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