From the Annals of Flight – In 2014, the Wright Amendment expired. The amendment was passed in 1979 and named after former House Speaker Jim Wright. It was intended to protect the newly opened DFW International Airport from competition fueled by flights from upstart Southwest Airlines at Dallas Love Field. The Wright Amendment restricted flights from Love Field to neighboring states. Southwest and other airlines were prohibited from flying out of Love Field to anywhere other than New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The restriction prevented any substantial investment in the facilities at Love Field and while convenient the airport remained mired in the 1960’s. That will soon change with the Love Field Modernization Project.