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Hutchison Wants Justice to Back Off Wright Amendment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison wants Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to back off reviewing a plan to lift restrictions at Dallas Love Field.

Hutchison backs a compromise on the long haul-flight restricting Wright Amendment.

Hutchison Tuesday sent a letter to Gonzales asking him to recuse the Justice Department from input on the bill.

She says the compromise should instead be reviewed by the Transportation Department, with jurisdiction over aviation law and
policy.

The deal was forged by leaders of Dallas and Fort Worth, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

Southwest calls Love Field home. American's main hub is DFW Airport.

The 1979 Wright Amendment was enacted to protect then-fledgling
DFW.

The compromise would repeal the amendment in eight years and reduce gates at Love Field from 32 to 20.

A Justice Department staff memo has raised antitrust concerns.


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