righting a wright

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As anyone who has ever played sports knows, competition has the power to elevate all players.  Sports, however, are one of the few realms where the same rules are applicable to all, so that no one player or team enjoys an unfair advantage. 

On the other hand, uncompetitve advantage flourishes where business and politics intersect. 

One of the worst examples of uncompetitive advantage is the Wright Amendment: a 34 year old law designed to give one airport and one airline an advantage over another simply becasue the airport and airline happened to be headquarter in the district of a very powerful member of Congress.

Yesterday, the major players on both sides of the “Wrong” Amendment asked Congress to finally repeal legally sanctioned uncompetitive advantage.

Southwest Airlines joined with the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, American Airlines, and DFW International Airport today to announce all parties have agreed to seek the enactment of legislation to repeal the Wright Amendment.

In business, unlike sports, there are no fans; we are all players.  Fair competition elevates all.  If Congress finally acts to right this Wright, we all benefit.

(For more on the Wright Amendment see here, here, and here.)

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3 Responses to “righting a wright”

  1. S-townMike Says:

    How does this agreement help John H. get directly to Fort Worth in the fastest, cheapest manner when his medical condition requires it? As far as I can tell from reading the agreement, there is no provision for direct Southwest flights.

  2. Bill Hobbs Says:

    Politics is the art of compromise. Southwest will have direct flights to Dallas starting in eight years. In the meantime, they’ll be able to sell tickets for a “Nashville-Dallas” flight that stops once somewhere en route. This will put downward pressure on AA’s fares to D/FW.


  3. john h Says:

    For the record, you’ve always been able to get a Southwest flight from Dallas to Nashville that stops once somewhere on route. What’s new about that?

    Last summer after an emergency operation in Fort Worth, I flew out of Love, stopped in New Orleans, and then flew to Nashville. It was a giant pain in the ass, because switching planes exacerbated problems with my surgical recovery. If we had had a lot more money I could have flown American out of DFW.

    American already had downward pressure from Southwest fares. It chose to offer a direct flight for more money.