Feb 3, 2014 11:42 AM by Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines plans to start nonstop flights between Dallas and New York and 14 other cities this fall, when federal limits on the airline's home airport end.
The new service will put Southwest - once a scrappy underdog - in head-to-head competition with American and maybe Delta.
Southwest announced Monday that it will fly from Love Field to five cities on Oct. 13 and 10 more on Nov. 2.
Those routes are currently off-limits to Southwest's Boeing 737 jets because of a 1980 law designed to protect nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Under the Wright Amendment, as the law was called, planes bigger than 56 seats could only fly from Love Field to other cities in Texas and a few nearby states.