Degree Name

Master of Public Administration

Department or Program

Public Administration


NewMyer, David A.


In 1979 the Wright Amendment was introduced to restrict commercial airline service out of Dallas Love Field to any city outside of Texas and its bordering states in order to reduce competition with the newly built Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) following the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. In 2006, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, and the DFW Airport Board agreed on a compromise to repeal the Wright Amendment. Stipulations of the compromise included an eight year cap on the Wright Amendment restrictions, a reduction of gates at Love Field, and a complete renovation of the terminals at Love Field. This research paper will discuss the pros and cons of the Wright Amendment repeal compromise in the form of a literature review.