DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Shannon Pierce flies three to four times a month for work.
So she’s happy flight restrictions known as the Wright Amendment will end Monday — bringing with it new long-haul non-stop flights. “It’ll be big, it’s huge. Saves me about two and a half, three hours of layovers that will cut that out, so it’ll be a good thing.”
Another traveler, Saadi Darvish, is looking forward to more direct flights to his frequent destination of Washington, DC. “Very excited because you can take a flight and get to your destination much faster in a couple of hours instead of waiting at the airport three to four hours at a time sometimes. It makes flying easier. You can keep appointments a lot easier.”
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says, “It’s a big deal.”
Kelly says demand for nonstop flights at Love Field has grown. “Everyone wants a non-stop flight. Dallas-Fort Worth is a great market and there’ll be a lot of additional seats here, and a lot of people will take advantage of it because there will be more low fares.”
Travel experts such as Farecompare.com say the added flights boost competition and will slash airfares in North Texas by up to 20 percent for the first six months.
Shannon Pierce says she’s already counting the savings.
“I probably save $200-$300, seriously.”
Southwest isn’t the only airline celebrating.
Virgin America is moving from DFW International Airport and expanding its nonstop flights to Love Field on Monday as well.
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