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Why Haven't WN Expanded In DAL  
User currently offlineShnoob940 From Australia, joined Sep 2008, 188 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Hi everyone, just wondering why WN don't have more routes out of Dallas Love Field seeing as they are headquartered there. Sorry if this is a repost.


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User currently offlineDornier328JET From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

For a long time WN was limited at love by the Wright Amendment. It could only fly in Texas and within a perimeter. Now that that has been repealed, there is a gate limit at DAL which really limits what WN can do there.

User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3685 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

Given the Wright Amendment there really was a limit to where WN could fly. The cities that could support/meet WN criteria where they don't fly are ICT, SHV, JAN, GPT, MGM, MOB. They did pull out of one Texas city...BPT


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User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

Dornier328Jet,

The Wright Amendment has not actually been repealed yet and won't be for another few years. It was voted on to repeal it, but it's a gradual doing over the course of about 5 years.

Once it is actually fully repealed in 2014, you will see WN expand dramatically to new and different markets from there.

Gate space is not currently and issue for WN at DAL. I'm through there quite a bit and see many open gate throughout the day. They essentially have 16 gates and can run about 160 flights a day from what they have and they are not anywhere near the limit yet.



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User currently offlinecommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11973 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1683 times:

The main reasons Southwest hasn't grown at Love is because they are capacity-constrained, and it's a fairly mature market. Even after the Wright restrictions are lifted in 2014, Southwest will still only be limited to 16 gates, and even if that restriction, too, were to go away, the reality is that between Love and D/FW, the Metroplex already has massive amounts of capacity to just about every major market in the United States.

Southwest will grow marginally at Love post-Wright, mainly by shifting more of the shorthaul flying to longer-haul flying (MDW, BWI, MCO, LAX, LAS, etc.), but I just don't think the market can really support vast amounts of new flying out of Love.

Plus - not to mention - much of the population growth in the Metroplex these days is occurring in areas that are either closer to D/FW, or basically equidistant to both, and thus indifferent (all else being equal, of course) on which airport they use. In fact - I would argue that long-term, D/FW is probably better positioned geographically to cater to the primary growth areas in the Metroplex than Love is.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 2):
They did pull out of one Texas city...BPT

They did that back in 1981, IIRC.



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User currently offlinewilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

Quoting commavia (Reply 4):
Plus - not to mention - much of the population growth in the Metroplex these days is occurring in areas that are either closer to D/FW, or basically equidistant to both, and thus indifferent (all else being equal, of course) on which airport they use. In fact - I would argue that long-term, D/FW is probably better positioned geographically to cater to the primary growth areas in the Metroplex than Love is.

So true, a point missed or not understood by many.


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