DFW Airport Compromise Hits Home

7-10-06 - What's good for DFW may not be good for local counties. Grayson county leaders are concerned that a compromise to do away with the Wright Amendment could end up hurting local airports.

On Monday morning, county commissioners approved a resolution to formally oppose an agreement they say would keep local airports from expanding.

Commercial flights aren't offered at the Grayson County Airport now and there are no immediate plans to bring major airlines into the area, but if proposed legislation concerning Dallas airports goes into affect it would never be an option.

Last month Dallas joined Fort Worth in approving a resolution that would repeal what's known as the Wright Amendment.

Seen as a great compromise, the deal between both cities, DFW International Airport, Southwest and American Airlines would phase out restrictions on some flights from love field.

In a joint statement to repeal the Wright Amendment, Dallas and Fort Worth agree they'll fight nearby airports that try to start commercial airline service over an eight year period.

There are also provisions that would punish Southwest or American Airlines for operating at other airports through the year 2025.

The terms are specific and only affect airports within eighty miles of DFW.

County commissioners agreed to formally protest the Wright compromise and send letters to Senators Kay Baily Hutchison and John Cornyn and Congressman Ralph Hall.

The cities of Sherman and Denison are also considering resolutions to protest the Wright compromise at council meetings tomorrow and Wednesday.