26.5.05

DFW, SWA Respond To Legislation

In the DFW statement... there's that phrase again. The economic engine of North Texas. That engine has a squeaky wheel and its starting to grate on the nerves.

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
VICE PRESIDENT PUBLIC AFFAIRS: KEN CAPPS

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2005


MEDIA STATEMENT FROM JEFF FEGAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Re: Legislation to be introduced

(DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas) - "Obviously, we're very disappointed that two Congressmen are going to put at risk the economic engine of North Texas and the jobs of more than 250,000 men and women that are tied to this Airport, to benefit onecompany.

Southwest Airlines could have the best of both worlds and fly out ofLove Field and DFW today without an act of Congress."

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Press Release
Southwest Airlines Applauds House Bill to Repeal Wright Amendment

Thursday May 26

(DALLAS) - Southwest Airlines (today applauds two Texas Republican congressmen who have introduced a bill to immediately repeal the Wright Amendment. U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling and Sam Johnson call their bill "The Right to Fly Act," which is the first to be introduced since the need for the Wright Amendment was last called into question in November 2004.

Southwest Airlines applauds the tremendous leadership and vision of these two Texas congressmen who have tapped into the true will of the people. This is a significant step toward the ultimate goal of opening the skies for greater access to low fares through unfettered airline competition. In addition, these two Texas congressman recognize the importance of cracking the 26-year deadbolt that has artificially suppressed access to the Dallas/Ft. Worth market because of high air fares.

While this is a major step forward, it is just the beginning, and our People will remain steadfast in their efforts to educate the public on the importance of stimulating the economy through greater access to low fare air travel. We are gratified by this mobilizing effort in the House and look forward to a similar effort in the Senate.

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