Actually, DAL has significant space availible for more gates, there is an entire terminal without any gates left over from the Braniff era.
Actually Jcs17, most of the old Braniff gates in the East Concourse were torn down a couple of years ago. I think all that is left of the gate area is the three gates just to the east of Gates 41, 42 where Continental Express is now. Those were the three gates that AA refurbished to compete with Legend.
Even though Legend had ceased operations in early December 2000, AA was still planning on opening their new refurbished gates at Love Field. They were set to open in late September of 2001, but after the September 11 attacks, AA, who had been sharing Gates 41, 42 with Continental Express pulled out of Love Field all together.
There were 14 other gates to the east of the refurbished AA gates that comprised the rest of the Braniff Terminal, including the rotunda, and all those were torn down.
Love Field gets final OK for limited expansion
Master plan addresses traffic, noise, pollution; work to begin soon
Thursday, March 7, 2002
The federal government has cleared the way for limited expansion and other improvements at Dallas Love Field. First up: demolition of an old terminal.
That was the old Braniff Terminal that got torn down. Also, if you read the rest of the article, the Love Field Master Plan limits the airport to 32 gates total, so Planespotting is right. DAL would have fewer gates than MDW but longer runways.
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