DALLAS -- Looks like it's the “Wright time” for flights leaving from Love Field Airport in Dallas.
“It's a great day for Dallas, Texas, Southwest Airlines, and Love Field.” said Mayor Mike Rawlings.
Yeah, the Wright Amendment was lifted at midnight, which means flights leaving Love can now fly non-stop to destinations out of state.
Southwest Airlines added 17 new cities to their flight plan. One of those new cities is Denver, and folks at the airport were excited to be on the first flight without the Wright.
“Just being able to go back and forth to Denver right now just makes my life a lot easier,” said Angelo Landi, who is headed to Denver on the first flight.
Holly Prince agreed. “Taking a 3 1/2 hour flight for a 2 hour flight is not fun, so this actually really awesome."
It was so awesome in fact, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly showed up for the big send-off.
Meanwhile, Sir Richard Branson was on the first Virgin flight to land at Love -- and celebrated with Mayor Mike & other Dallas royalty. The big party is Monday night at House of Blues.
With Virgin and Southwest fighting for our love, flyers may have to make a commitment.
“We think the routes we fly against them.. the people will prefer us. You get a lot more than peanuts on Virgin America,” said Sir Richard Branson.
Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines CEO said, “When it comes to Southwest and Love, we ain't no Virgin.”
Whoa, sounds like we have a smack-down, folks. But with all these new fancy flights, passengers at Love are flying high.