Monday, December 05, 2005

Senator Jim Inhofe Files Bill To Protect Oklahoma And Close Dallas' Love Field

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ An Oklahoma senator has filed legislation to lessen the impact on Oklahoma of a new law that allows American Airlines to offer flights out of Dallas' Love Field airport.

President Bush signed a bill that is a compromise in the fight over the Wright Amendment, which limits flights from Love Field to a 9-state area, including large markets in Missouri.

The amendment was meant to protect the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport from having to compete with Love Field in the late 1970s.

Senator Jim Inhofe says the new bill will have an adverse effect on service from American and Southwest. Inhofe says Southwest will no longer be forced to stop in Oklahoma for its longer flights.

Source: http://www.kotv.com/main/home/stories.asp?whichpage=1&id=94769

Inhofe has filed legislation to close Love Field to commercial traffic in three years.

He says it's meant to protect service in Oklahoma and the 8,000 jobs at American's Maintenance and Engineering Facility in Tulsa.

12 Comments:

At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why stop there. I say Sen. Inhofe should develop a "hit list" comprised of the competitors to Chesapeake, Citgo, Devon, Kerr-McGee and Sonic... then file bills to disrupt those operations, as well.

You go, Sen. Inhofe!! Too bad the Soviet Union and its central planning system have been long since discarded... you'd be right at home there.

 
At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the original plan from the beginning was to close Love Field once DFW was established. The only reason it's still open is Southwest didn't move to DFW like everyone else, they've been fighting to stay at Love ever since.

 
At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a common misconception (that Love Field was supposed to be closed) tossed around by American Airlines and its cronies.

The truth of the matter is that there was never any plan to close Love Field; rather, Love Field commercial service was supposed to end if legally possible.

However, federal law prohibits such an action (allowing an airport to remain open, but prohibiting commercial operations) and several courts have upheld this law and the right of all carriers to fly out of Love Field should they desire.

Given the fact that American Airlines appears to control the DFW Airport Board and has run virtually every low cost carrier out of DFW (save for an extremely minor presence), it's not surprising that Southwest doesn't want to go there.

Especially since American rammed a $3 billion dollar capital improvement program down the Airport's throat that primarily benefits American alone, yet is paid for by all airlines using the facility. A great deal for AA, but a lousy deal for everyone else.

 
At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rubbish. Pure Rubbish.
Love Field was intended to be available for PRIVATE traffic only after the creation of DFW. Herb "I'm a Liar" Kelleher has fought for three decades against what the citizens of Dallas and Ft. Worth wanted. Not only has he lied and twisted the truth, he's bribed and bamboozled every court he's been in. I'll give him credit for being smart. Smart, shred, a liar and a cheat.

Love Field is a money-loser for Dallas and we're mighty tired of paying to line the pockets of Kelleher and Southworst management. When you call them on their lies and cheats they get mighty defensive.

If Southworst had any balls they'd be COMPETING instead of CARPING. I say run the nitwits out of town on a rail and develop Love Field into something profit making instead of sucking up my tax dollars to build Herb another mansion.

Southwest is the worst form of insidious cheating business. At least American, Delta and United SAY they're gonna screw you. Southworst plays nice, friendly, hokey and stupid and then sticks the shiv in between the 7th and 8th vertebrae.

Talk about hypocrites. Oh, and if you wanna talk about Dallas politics, have the good grace to get your facts straight. Love was, indeed, supposed to close and Kelleher&Co screwed the system. The afterbirth is Southworst....

 
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