Southwest Airlines to fly between Dallas Love Field and LAX

Southwest will fly to 15 new cities from Dallas Love Field starting in the fall. Photo: Southwest.

Southwest will fly to 15 new cities from Dallas Love Field starting in the fall. Photo: Southwest.

Southwest Airlines will fly between Dallas Love Field and Los Angeles International Airport starting November 2, airline officials announced Monday morning.

Los Angeles is one of 15 new cities to get new flights to Dallas Love this fall. This is possible because the so-called Wright Amendment expires in October after 35 years in effect. The federal law limited large-jet flights from Dallas Love Field to a small group of states, most of which, bordered Texas. The goal of the amendment, which became law in 1979, was to force airlines to serve the new airport in the Dallas region — Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. (Love Field is significantly closer to downtown Dallas and thus more convenient for many travelers.)

Southwest is now limited only by the fact it has 16 gates at Love Field, according to the Dallas Morning News. Otherwise it can fly anywhere in the United States it wants.

By looking at the new cities Southwest intends to serve, you can get a good idea of the carrier’s business plan. A decade ago, Southwest had relatively few flights to major city airports, preferring instead airports like L.A./Ontario, Providence, R.I. and Manchester, N.H. But that’s no longer the case. Now it’s all about big-city traffic and attracting high-fare paying business travelers.

New City
Atlanta
Baltimore
Chicago Midway
Denver
Fort Lauderdale
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Nashville
New York LaGuardia
Orange County, Calif.
Orlando
Phoenix
San Diego
Tampa
Washington Reagan National
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Can airports like BUR and ONT grow in ’14? Probably not, one consultant says.

Mike Boyd, the airline consultant we quoted recently criticizing Ontario city leaders for the outsize expectations for the airport, is out with his airline industry predictions for 2014. And just as he did with me, he pulls no punches.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants L.A. to work with Ontario on ONT airport. But is that enough?

Can better communication between Ontario and Los Angeles leaders save L.A./Ontario International Airport? Staff file photo.

Can better communication between Ontario and Los Angeles leaders save L.A./Ontario International Airport? Staff file photo.

On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Los Angeles to play nice with Ontario on the issue of L.A./Ontario International Airport. But does the letter she sent to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti make any sense?

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Volaris will start twice weekly flights from Guadalajara to Ontario in April

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Mexican discount airline Volaris plans to start twice weekly service from Guadalajara to L.A./Ontario International Airport, confirming an L.A. Airspace report from September, when we discovered the carrier’s application with the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

This is somewhat big news for Ontario, which has been steadily losing passenger traffic in the past five years. But it actually does not give the airport a new destination. Aeromexico is already flying daily to Guadalajara.

Ontario is the seventh California destination for Volaris. It joins Los Angeles, Oakland/San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento in the carrier’s route network.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Guadalajara, Jalisco – Ontario, California. (Starting April 12th. Wednesday and Saturday) Departing from Guadalajara at 22:40 hrs., arriving to Ontario at 00:05 hrs
  • Ontario – Guadalajara, (Starting April 13th. Thursday and Sunday) Departing from Ontario at 01:20 hrs., arriving to Guadalajara at 06:45 hrs
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October passenger traffic reports: Up at LAX, down at ONT

Traffic at L.A./Ontario International Airport east of Los Angeles fell again in October, with the airport attracting only 334,385 passengers, a decline of 9 percent from the same month the previous year. This continues a painful declines for the outlying airport, which has lost more than 40 percent of its traffic since 2007. And there’s not much hope, at least for the near term. 

But another airport operated by the city of Los Angeles – -Los Angeles International Airport — did much better. It processed 5,515,805 passengers in October, up 6.25 percent from Oct. 2012. Both international and domestic traffic rose. So far for the year, LAX traffic is up almost 5 percent compared to 2012.

Love data? Here are some links to the reports on both airports. Beware: Each is frighteningly detailed.

Lax Oct13 Traffic Reports-Fytd 

Ont Oct13 Traffic Reports-Fytd

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