In October, the last eight of 20 new gates at Dallas Love Field (DAL) opened for business. To service the new gates, the Dallas Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines partnered to install an $11.6 million fuel hydrant system. Both projects were carefully timed to coincide with the much-anticipated expiration of the Wright Amendment.
Passed by Congress in 1979, the Wright Amendment protected then-new Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by restricting DAL from offering non-stop service to states not adjacent to Texas. In 2006, a compromise was reached that allowed DAL to offer non-stop service throughout the United States beginning Oct. 13, 2014; but it is still limited to 20 gates and cannot offer international service.