ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Each day, there will be one fewer flight to and from Las Vegas, one fewer flight between the Sunport and Phoenix, and three fewer flights between the Sunport and Dallas.
The Sunport has been expecting these changes because the federal Wright Amendment is expiring.
The agreement used to make it so any plane flying out of Love Field in Dallas had to land in a neighboring state like New Mexico.
Since that’s expiring, Southwest says it will expand its direct flight offerings out of Love Field.
Southwest says they are cutting back on some of the flights that have been empty between Albuquerque and the cities that are effected.
No other Southwest flights through the Sunport are affected beyond those four cities.
Southwest says ultimately though, this makes its business stronger.
“We’re still offering service to the cities that we’ve offered before, it’s just a change in the number of flights that we’re offering,” said Don Landson, a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines. “One of the reasons is to make sure that the aircraft is used is used in another area where it’s a much more profitable route.”
While Southwest says it won’t fly to Seattle from the Sunport anymore, Alaska Airlines says it’s offering that non-stop service starting in September.
Southwest usually has about 143 seats per flight. With the cut, it means Albuquerque will lose about 853 seats out of the city each day.
Mayor R.J. Berry is talking about the cuts. We will have the city’s reaction on KRQE News 13 at 4 p.m.