Feds stepping into fight between Delta and Southwest airlines

Feds stepping into fight between Delta and Southwest airlines
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is stepping into a fight between Delta and Southwest airlines over gate access at Dallas Love Field, The Dallas Morning News reports

The companies are squabbling over gate space at Love Field, which is Dallas's secondary airport but a primary hub for Southwest, according to the report. 

Delta has argued that Southwest is blocking it from access gate space at Love Field, forcing it to fly to larger and more expensive Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 


The paper reported the FAA is now launching an investigation into the issue. 

“If FAA’s investigation establishes violations of the City’s sponsor obligations and related Federal law, FAA may issue a determination that the City is in noncompliance with its Federal grant obligations in its operation of [Dallas Love Field],” the FAA said in its "notice of investigation," according to the Morning News

“As a result, the City could be found to be ineligible to receive new FAA grants and payments under existing grants until this matter is resolved. Further sanctions, including a judicial order of enforcement, are also possible,” the notice continued.

Delta currently has no gate space at Dallas Love Field, according to the report. Southwest is currently leasing 18 of the airport's 20 gates, while Virgin America uses the other two.

The paper said Delta had previously subleased gate space at Love Field from United, but Southwest has sought to block the flights when it took over the lease in January. 

The squabbling has resulted in a lawsuit being filed by the city of Dallas in U.S. District Court, according to the report.