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User currently offlinee38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 300 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1736 times:

I noticed on FlightAware today (Friday, February 4, 2010) that Southwest Airlines flight 15, was a scheduled flight from Dallas Love Field (DAL) to Houston Hobby (HOU) and continuing to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), but was unable to land in Houston due to weather/airport conditions (I assume) and diverted to Fort Lauderdale.

This seems to be contrary to the provisions of the Wright Amendment.

Are deviations from the Wright Amendment permitted in cases like this (diversion) or would the Amendment require that Southwest find an airport to land at that is within the state limitations (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, or Missouri) of the Wright Amendment?

Also, is international travel permitted from DAL (for example DAL-IAH-LHR) under the provisions of the Wright Amendment?

Thanks

e38

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User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

This is not a violation; Southwest did not sell a non-stop which violated the Wright Amendment restrictions, and the diversion for reasons of flight safety did not make it into a violation.

By the way, is your username related to the Alpine Casparis Municipal Airport?



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently onlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6264 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

I know WN tends to overfly destinations in their point-to-point network in situations like this. Do passengers typically know this before boarding, or do the overflights happen en-route? Just curious.


Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlinee38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1598 times:

sccutler, thank you for the answer. This makes sense now, with respect to the fact that Southwest did not sell tickets for the flight from DAL to FLL as a nonstop flight, but completed the flight only as an IROP (irregular operation).

Also, with reference to your question, "By the way, is your username related to the Alpine Casparis Municipal Airport?"

It is.


User currently offlinewncrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1414 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1598 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
Do passengers typically know this before boarding, or do the overflights happen en-route? Just curious.


Typically passengers know about this before takeoff... or they've at least been made aware that it's a possibility before takeoff so some pax may choose not to take the flight. I've flown LAS-DAL and DAL-MDW. LAS-DAL was a mechanical diversion enroute to STL, and DAL-MDW was, like this situation, a planned overfly due to weather.



ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

Quoting e38 (Reply 3):

Also, with reference to your question, "By the way, is your username related to the Alpine Casparis Municipal Airport?"

It is.

Curiosity is duly piqued. E38 was my very first "long distance" destination (flown in an Archer, from Dallas, it *is* a long way). These days, my typical west Texas destination is down the road at MRF, but I have interests at E38 as well.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
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