As a new poster, and longtime observer, I think I will throw my thoughts behind this one.
In my opinion the Wright Amendment has outlived it's usefulness. DFW
is a fully capable of surviving without it.
Free Market forces demand it.
The population can support it.
It is better for the customers.
fear, is that AA
will be at the mercy of Southwest on connecting flights if it is repealed. Suddenly the dominance and monopoly that AA
holds on the South Mid American transcontinental connection would be lifted. DFW
fears that with Southwest being able to offer transcon's through DAL
, they would have to match DAL
's gate cost to keep airlines interested in coming. AA
fears it even more since Southwest could cut into some marketshare at strategically important destinations, and transcon connections.
What Southwest did when they announced their position on not moving to DFW
and made known their thoughts that the Wright amendment be removed was twofold.
1. They made it public that they would not be adverse to having it removed, thus garnering the support of many cities that would like a more cost effective connection with the Dallas area
2. They put any other competitor on notice that if they move into DFW
, they may wind up paying higher costs that at DAL
and they run the risk that if the Wright amendment is repealed , they will be in a unadvantageous position to Southwest in terms of costs.
Older than I just was ,and younger than I will soo be.