No, I'd rather the 20-gate cap be repealed which is by far the simplest possible solution and the best for travelers. The cap basically exists to protect AA and DFW Airport, with a side helping of airport manhood envy on the part of Fort Worth. DAL could double in size without maxing out the airfield's capacity.
No matter how many times you repeat the lie that the gate cap is in place to protect AA and DFW it does not make it true. The gate cap was insisted upon by the City of Dallas to protect the area around the airport. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-109h ... g30659.pdf
Testimony of then Dallas Mayor Laura Miller on Page 31.
Number two, we wanted to protect the neighbors around Love
Field, the residents and businesses. It is a landlocked intercity air-
port and we have done an enormous amount of work in the last 10
years to make sure that we had a balance between growth in com-
petition and also the protection of the neighborhoods regarding pol-
lution, ground congestion, and noise.
I want the committee to know that we have the gentleman,
George Vitas, who is the senior person who did the Love Field mas-
ter plan in 2001 that originally recommended 32 gates as long as
the Wright amendment stayed in place. We updated that for pur-
poses of these discussions between the two cities, and that number
went to 20 because the same consultants looked at what is the very
best number of gates to have without the Wright amendment; if
that one variable changed, then how many gates would be appro-
priate in terms of the environment, in terms of economic growth,
and in terms of operations and safety. And that is why the number
is 20 and not 17 or 22 or 25, and that gentleman is here behind
me and is able to answer a lot of the questions that I heard being
posed to the gentleman with the FAA if you look in terms of our
master plan work that we have been doing for the last 10 years.https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-109h ... g30659.pdf
From a question to Herb Kelleher during the same Congressional Hearing.
. This reduction in gates came about not because
it was the strong desire on the part of some of the participants, but
really came about because of the prior master plan done by the city
of Dallas that allowed the 32 gates at Love Field—provided that
most of them were used by regional jet aircraft rather than heavier
aircraft such as Southwest Airlines flies. We ourselves are giving
up five gates that are our gates as part of this deal. We are going
from 21 to 16 gates. And during that entire period of some 25
years, no other carrier ever wanted to come in to utilize those
gates. And any carrier that is desirous now of serving Love Field
can easily be accommodated even after those gates come down.
"Any airline that wants to serve the [region] can go to DFW today and fly anywhere they want," WN spokesman Ed Stewart