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Southwest adds nonstop Tampa flights from Dallas

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TAMPA — Southwest Airlines said Monday it will add nonstop flights at Dallas Love Field to 15 destinations, including Tampa International Airport in November, following the repeal of 1979 restrictions that limited destinations served by Dallas’s closest airport.

Southwest will add five new nonstop destinations on Oct. 13 and 10 more on Nov. 2, raising the airline’s total to 31 nonstop destinations from Love Field, which is Southwest’s headquarters.

The airline will announce schedules and fares for the new service In May.

Love Field is a little more than six miles from downtown Dallas. It served all of the major airlines before crowded conditions encouraged building Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on the site of Fort Worth’s airport, 20 miles from Dallas.

DFW opened in 1974, setting off years of contentious negotiations involving Southwest over protections established to give the more distant airport a foothold with new and relocated flights.

The Wright Amendment limited Southwest Airlines’ service from Dallas Love Field to nine states including Texas.

The repeal of the federal law allows Southwest to potentially serve an additional 41 states and the District of Columbia from Love Field.

“The official repeal of Wright Amendment federal flight restrictions signifies a turning point for the Southwest brand not just in Dallas, but from coast-to-coast,” Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, president, and chief executive officer, said in a release.

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