Monday, April 28, 2008

New plan proposed for Love Field leaves one questioned unanswered

The city's Aviation Department is going before the city council's Transportation and Environment Committeethis afternoon to present ideas about how to modernize Love Field so that it complies with the full expiration of the Wright Amendment in 2014. That will require 20 operating gates, 16 for Southwest Airlines and two each for American and Continental. The committee is looking at three options, but the department is obviously pushing one of them, called Option C, which involves demolishing all three of the current concourses and gates and constructing a new 20-gate one that will extend in a T from the rear of the main terminal. The question I have that I don't see answered in the briefing is what the airlines will use for gates while the construction is in progress. I am assuming that at least one concourse won't be demolished until the new one is built, but it's going to be awfully crowded there if that is the case.

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