Wright Amendment “Reform” Act of 2006

AArm wrestling Just in case you thought there were more important things for our fine friends in Washington DC to deal with this week, on Friday both the House and Senate approved the compromise agreement brokered by Dallas, Fort Worth, American Airlines (AMR) and Southwest Airlines (LUV).
AMR’s website only appears to be updated during waking hours on Amon Carter Boulevard, so we can’t actually link to their press release, but the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wasted no time posted an update to their website.
I’m sure this comes as good news for most of the parties involved, and while the language blocking an anti-trust review seems to have survived, I wouldn’t be breaking out the silver party hats just yet. There’s still a lawsuit pending against the City of Dallas by the owners of the former Legend Terminal, and this road has been far too long and winding for me to really believe that the end of the Wright Amendment could actually be near.
Then again, near is a relative term, when you consider the fact that today’s high school freshmen class will be seniors in college when the restrictions are actually lifted.