Southwest continues fight against Delta at Dallas Love Field

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DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines plans to appeal a judge’s order that lets Delta Air Lines continue operating at Dallas Love Field during a dispute over gates.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. on Tuesday filed notice that it will appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A federal judge in Dallas on Jan. 8 blocked efforts by Southwest to evict Delta from city-owned Love Field, saying Delta passengers could be inconvenienced by any move. Delta also serves Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Delta had used Love Field gates leased by United Airlines, but Southwest paid United $120 million to sublease those gates and wants the space. Love Field rules allow new competitors to use gates if they are idle long enough for more flights.

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Southwest controls 18 of Love Field’s 20 gates.