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Delta Wins Lawsuit Keeping them at Dallas Airport

Larry Lease

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Delta Airlines Win Suit to Remain at Dallas-Love Field.Miguel Angel Sanz/Unsplash

Delta Airlines has won a lawsuit that will allow them to continue operating flights at Dallas Love Field for another six years. Fox 4 News, reports that the settlement was approved by a city council. The agreement passed without debate, ending a long court battle over gates at the airport, dominated by Southwest Airlines.

Dallas Love Field has become a hot spot for airlines because it is more centrally located for travelers, more than DFW Airport. Because of a law passed by Congress, Dallas Love Field was capped at 20 gates. Fox 4 reports that Delta shared one of the 20 gates with Southwest since 2014, and uses it for up to five daily flights between Dallas and Atlanta. Southwest subleased their gate from United Airlines, which tried to remove Delta for several years. Southwest has managed to control 17 other gates.

KXAS-TV reports that Dallas officials have commissioned a study looking at expanding Love Field. Those in nearby residential neighborhoods are objecting to the potential expansion. The settlement allows Delta the use of two gates owned by Alaska Airlines, paying them $200,000 a year through 2028. Alaska got access to the gates when they bought Virgin Airlines in 2016. Fox 4 reports that the settlement brings to close a lawsuit that the city of Dallas filed in 2015. City officials ended up asking a federal court to settle the matter, which involved two federal agencies and multiple airlines. KXAS-TV says that adding more gates would increase competition and more carriers.

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