To me the Wright Amendment is a farse. But I did a study on the Wright Amendment, and it was put in place when WN
got the authority to fly to New Orleans. Plus we were not suppose to be at Love Field. When DFW
was built, the Bond Ordinance was concockted by Dallas and Ft Worth to shut down all commerical traffic to ALL
area airports and DFW
was to carry the entire commercial traffic load. Yet the Texas Aeronautical Commission went ahead and gave WN
authority to fly out of Love Field anyway as we were to be only intrastate, not interstate. When we received authority from CAB/DOT, everyone in Dallas and Ft Worth went nuts saying the CAB was no longer a governing entity and the DOT had no jurisdiction, which is when Congressman Wright came into the picture thus the Wright Amendment and WN
was allowed to stay at Love Field with the service area it prescribes (including the Shelby Amendment). Now my understanding is that you can operate out of Love Field with "Scheduled" service as long as you carry 56 seats or less with a max gross vehicle weight of 300,000 lbs or less. So in essence, a startup hypothetically could operate anywhere in the US or Hawaii with up to 757 service as long as they had a maximum of 56 seats and as long as you had the financially deep pockets to shell out $$$$ for legal fees to combat the City of Ft Worth, American Airlines, and the DFW
Regulatory Commission for all the lawsuits they file with the DOT and the FAA. What makes some ineteresting reading, go to the DOT website and read all the proceedings about the Wright Amendment and startups who've tried and failed out of Love Field--Legend, Ozark, to name a few.