AMERICAN TO FLY LUV

Now that Southwest can fly directly to St. Louis and Kansas City, AA wants in on the action:

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines announced today that it and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, will begin service at Dallas Love Field on March 2, 2006, with a total of 16 flights a day.

American will operate four flights a day between Love Field and St. Louis, and three flights daily on the Love Field-Kansas City route, with 136-seat MD80 jets featuring first-class as well as coach service. American Eagle will fly four times a day between Love Field and San Antonio, Tex., and five times a day between Love and Austin, Tex., using 50-seat Embraer 145 Regional-Jet aircraft.

“We have not, and will not, abandon our efforts in support of the Wright Amendment and all those in North Texas who want to keep DFW International Airport strong, vibrant and growing,” said Dan Garton, American’s Executive Vice President of Marketing. “DFW is the region’s greatest economic engine and was always intended to be the home for all commercial air service in Dallas/Fort Worth. American remains intensely devoted to that principle. However, we have made it clear for many years that if Love Field were opened to longer-haul service, American must compete at Love Field in order to retain the large number of American Airlines customers who live closer to Love Field than to DFW.”

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