The goal is to promote competition at the airport, said Dallas City Attorney Larry Casto.
“We need to [maximize] usage of that airport for the citizens and get them to places they want to go,” he said. “And in a competitive market, to the best of our ability, keep prices as low as possible.”
Casto said the three-year period was chosen because it seemed like a fair time period and would serve as a good starting point for negotiations.
Airlines will get a chance to weigh in on the proposal with their own motions to the court, but it appears the deal will need some more negotiation before its cleared for takeoff.
“Delta believes that the city’s proposed accommodation plan reduces, rather than promotes, competition at Love Field,” the company said in a statement.
Southwest acknowledged it’s evaluating the proposal but did not offer further comment.
City columnist Robert Wilonsky contributed to this report.
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