Associated Press - 6:18 CDT
Airline regulators have given their blessing to a new law that lifts restrictions on long-haul flights from Dallas Love Field in 2014 and allows immediate one-stop service from Dallas to the rest of the country, according to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
A law signed last week by President Bush will repeal the 1979 Wright Amendment and allow nonstop service from Love Field to the rest of the country in 2014.
American Airlines planned to begin offering one-stop tickets from Love Field through St. Louis beginning Monday night, a spokesman said.
It was unclear how quickly Southwest Airlines might act. A spokeswoman for Southwest, which fought to repeal flight limits at its Love Field home, said the Dallas-based carrier was still waiting for official word from regulators.
The law that Bush signed required the Federal Aviation Administration to notify Congress that it could safely manage the airspace around Love Field and nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with the additional service at the Dallas airport.
The FAA notified Congress on Monday, Hutchison's office said.