Posted at: 05/19/2014 12:17 PM
Updated at: 05/19/2014 5:23 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Southwest Airlines will be making big changes in October when some restrictions expire over the way the airline flies in and out of its main airport - Love Field in Dallas.
Southwest will decrease its flights serving Albuquerque by five a day starting in the fall. Southwest is Albuquerque's biggest air carrier; more than half of the passengers flying into and out of the Sunport fly Southwest.
Flights from Albuquerque to Dallas will decrease from eight a day to five.
Most of the year it's seven flights to Phoenix. That will go down to five this fall.
And most of the year it's five flights a day to Las Vegas. That will drop to four.
There is some good news for Albuquerque passengers flying back east.
"We have some good one-hop connections - we can go to Dallas now and get direct flights from Love Field to a number of cities on the East Coast that we didn't have one-hops to before so that's good news even though we've lost a few flight frequencies to a couple of cities," Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry said.
Here's where it gets confusing: In the fall Southwest will also cancel some seasonal Albuquerque flights to Baltimore, San Diego and Seattle, but those are flights that get added and subtracted to the schedule every year anyway.
One good way to measure airline service is the number of flight seats available. The Southwest changes will result in a loss of only 26 seats total.