American Airlines has praised the US senate on it decision to pass the Wright Amendment Reform Act of 2006.American Airlines issued the following statement:
We are pleased that the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives on
the same day have passed the Wright Amendment Reform Act of 2006, which
applies to Love Field Airport and will codify in federal law a local
agreement reached by five unique parties: the cities of Dallas, Texas and
Fort Worth, Texas; Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport; American
Airlines; and Southwest Airlines.
This new law, which now goes to President George W. Bush for his
signature, will guarantee that citizens in North Texas have access to
vitally- needed air service while those who live near Love Field in Dallas
will not endure any additional noise, congestion and traffic for the next
eight years. The measure also provides competitive air service from Love
Field for passengers who live throughout the United States.
We are thankful for the support, hard work and leadership of the North
Texas congressional delegation and especially for the tireless efforts of
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; and
Representatives Joe Barton, R-Texas; Kay Granger, R-Texas; Eddie Bernice
Johnson, D-Texas; Kenny Marchant, R-Texas; Pete Sessions, R-Texas; Sam
Johnson, R-Texas; and Michael Burgess, R-Texas. Additionally, we thank Sen.
Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Sen. Tom
Harkin, D-Iowa, for their leadership in helping pass this much-needed law.
We also acknowledge the support and dedication of American Airlines
employees and retirees, union leadership and community groups who have been
involved with this legislative effort since the five parties reached a
compromise agreement last June.