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THE WRIGHT AMENDMENT 1

The Wright Amendment

Devyn Williams, Jake Schwartz, Josh Castaneda, Joe Baker

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – AS 254


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Abstract

The Wright Amendment, introduced by Jim Wright (D-TX) placed provisions on how far flights

out of Dallas Love field could fly. This amendment mainly affected Southwest Airlines whose

headquarters and main hub is Dallas Love. Wright proposed this amendment, because the new

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport was being built; therefore, the new airport needed to generate traffic to

validate the costs. An aspect of the Wright Amendment had already been in place prior to its

passage. The Perimeter rule at, then Washington-National Airport, began in the 1960’s. Similarly,

after its passage, a perimeter rule was put into place at LaGuardia airport. The Amendment was

eventually repealed on October 13, 2014 unrestricting all travel from Dallas Love Field.

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Dallas Love Field: The Home of Southwest Airlines. Herb Keller