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April 29, 2014

Delta gives its two cents on the two gates at Love Field

With Dallas City Council scheduled to receive a briefing on the future of two gates at Dallas Love Field that American Airlines is forced to divest, Delta Air Lines laid out its legal argument to the mayor and council in a letter sent on Monday.

"It is Delta's view that any decision regarding the disposition of the DAL gates (the "Gates") resides solely with the City. The Council is uniquely situated to determine the most competitive and efficient use of the Gates to benefit the residents of the greater Dallas area and the traveling public. Delta's view, as supported by law and fact below, is that the City should dedicate the Gates to common use."

The letter argues that the city's goal of promoting competition at Dallas Love Field after the Wright Amendment restrictions are lifted in October will not be fulfilled if Southwest Airlines or Virgin America gets preferential use of the gates.

"If the Gates got to Southwest, then Southwest will control 90 percent of the gates at DAL - an unheard of level of concentration at a facilities-constrained airport, giving Southwest the power to raise prices and provide lesser service at DAL at the expense of local travelers," the letter said.

To read the full letter download the Delta letter to Dallas City Council here.

-Andrea Ahles

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