In a long battle between Delta and Southwest Airlines over its right to fly from Dallas Love Field, a judge rulled that Delta will be able to keep its gates at Dallas Love Field once and for all.
Delta will continue operating five daily flights between Dallas Love Field and Atlanta.
U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade ruled Friday the Atlanta-based airline can continue to serve customers at the Dallas airport while gate allocations it is seeking are decided in lower courts.
“Delta is pleased that the Court has confirmed our right to serve Love Field,” the airline said Friday. “We look forward to bringing the people of Dallas the benefit of Delta’s industry leading product and global network at Love Field.”
Delta has fought a lengthy legal battle to continue operating at Dallas Love Field so customers have more choice at an airport where Southwest Airlines operates 18 of 20 available gates. Love Field is smaller than Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport but more convenient to downtown.
I’m all for competition and I think it’s great that Delta will be able to continue to offer service from Dallas Love Field, which is currently served by Southwest Airlines and Virgin America.
Since the wright ammendment was lifted in October 2014, Southwest has launched tons of new routes, trying to push out Delta since the airport only has a limited number of gates.
Are you a Delta flier in Dallas? What are your thoughts on this ruling?