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Dallas/Fort Worth airport comments on Southwest decision to offer service at Denver airport.

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As a part of the ongoing dispute over Southwest Airlines' wish to repeal the Wright Amendment, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has responded to the airline's announcement of plans to start service at Denver International Airport.

In a statement DFW said that the decision by Southwest Airlines to begin providing air service at Denver International Airport should prove beyond any doubt that Southwest is also easily capable of providing long-haul service for North Texas from DFW International Airport.

According to Kevin Cox, DFW's chief operating officer, Southwest should "come clean with the travelling public, with the Congress and with the 268,000 men and women whose jobs depend on DFW, that their efforts to repeal the Wright Amendment have nothing whatsoever to do with their ability to fly out of this airport".

Joe Lopano, the executive vice president of marketing at DFW, said that if the objective of Southwest is to operate with a virtual monopoly at the Love Field airport the airline should just say so, as it has publicly said that it does not want to serve DFW because the airport has "an entrenched hub carrier, the costs are too high and the airport is too congested for their business model". Lopano added that Denver also has an entrenched hub carrier, nearly double the costs per enplaned passenger, and hub airport congestion, and claimed that the refusal to operate at DFW does not make much sense.

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Title Annotation:Denver International Airport
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 21, 2005
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