Ray Frager//October 13, 2014
//October 13, 2014
(AP) Southwest Airlines launched nonstop service between Dallas Love Field and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and six other destinations on Monday. Such flights were prohibited until now by a 1980 federal law that protected Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport by limiting flights from Love Field to a few nearby states. Those restrictions have now expired, so Southwest has started flying nonstop flights from Love Field to BWI, Denver, Chicago Midway, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Florida. Some passengers aboard the first long-haul Southwest flights from Love Field have been treated to shirts and vacation packages. Southwest on Monday also announced plans to give away 1,000 free flights to celebrate the carrier’s new long-distance schedules.