Southwest Airlines has agreed to let Delta keep operating its five daily flights between Atlanta and Dallas Love Field, eliminating a July 6 deadline for Delta to drop the service and get out of that airport.
The reprieve for Delta will remain in effect indefinitely while the airlines and the airport “pursue a long-term resolution in the courts,” Delta said.
Delta has been using gate space leased by Southwest, which controls 18 of the 20 gates at Love. Virgin America holds the other two.
Southwest, claiming it needs all 18 gates to accommodate its planned schedule expansion at Love Field, had told Delta it would have to give up the space on July 6, but the U.S. Transportation Department intervened, telling the City of Dallas — which owns Love Field — that it would have to find some way to accommodate Delta’s service.
The city has filed suit, asking the federal courts to sort everything out and tell it what it must do.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Delta wants to add even more service at Love in mid-August, including two more daily flights to Atlanta and two a day to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Detroit and Salt Lake City; and American hopes to begin four flights a day there as well, although the destinations are unknown.
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