It's good to see that Dallas and Ft. Worth are at least talking, although my first impression is that this compromise has some serious shortcomings:
(1) 9 years strikes me as too long
(2) If the high end of the WN
gate allotment (18) is taken, that's 90% of the gates, if the 20-gate number is correct. That's a little steep, especially since AA
already has 3 gates.
(3) If the current master plan calls for 32 gates, why such a large cut?
(4) I can't see having an agreement that specifically says "American Airlines can't fly to DAL
." Now the compromise may effectively push AA
out of DAL
, but I can't see explicitly saying "any airline can have the other 2 (or 5, or whatever) gates, but AA
(5) Why are Meacham and Alliance getting drug into this?
|Quoting TVNWZ (Reply 8):|
Is there any other airline arbitrarily gate limited at any other airport in the country?
I suspect whatever final agreement is reached will say "no one airline may have..." rather than "Southwest gets..." - and 90% seems too high.
|Quoting Cjpark (Reply 15):|
A compromise would mean Southwest at least flying some flights from DFW. Barring AA and giving Southwest control of 15 to 18 gates is the same as granting Southwest a monopoly at Love Field.
Why should WN
have to go into DFW
? It's perfectly common for carriers to not serve all the airports in a multi-airport metro area - for example, WN
doesn't serve SFO
. And a monopoly at DAL
is not a monopoly in the Metroplex market.
|Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 31):|
Keep in mind that even though the mayors of Dallas and Ft. Worth might reach this agreement, it doesn't mean squat until Congress approves this. The Wright Amendment is FEDERAL law, and municipalities can't simply say, "ok, we decided this" and all is over.
Well, yes, Congress will have to pass a law amending the Wright and Shelby Amendmenents, or repealing both and substituting the new law. But the Wright Amendment is an anomoly - other than the perimeter rules at LGA
, EVERY other metro are in the US has settled this sort of question locally, either by setting up a regional authority (e.g. NYC, Houston) or by "agreeing not to agree" and local governments doing their own thing (e.g. SF
Bay, Tampa Bay.) ONLY Dallas has a law like the WA
. And, given that this has been locally decided everywhere else, I think the majority of Representatives and Senators would look favourably on a locally-agreed compromise, if for no other reason than to not get drug into the Metroplex's affairs again.