[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 120, 109th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

120 STAT. 2011

Public Law 109-352
109th Congress

An Act


 
To amend section 29 of the International Air Transportation Competition
Act of 1979 relating to air transportation to and from Love Field,
Texas. NOTE: Oct. 13, 2006 -  [S. 3661]

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress NOTE: Wright Amendment Reform Act
of 2006. assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Wright Amendment Reform Act of
2006''.

SEC. 2. MODIFICATION OF PROVISIONS REGARDING FLIGHTS TO AND FROM LOVE
FIELD, TEXAS.

(a) Expanded Service.--Section 29(c) of the International Air
Transportation Competition Act of 1979 (Public Law 96-192; 94 Stat. 35)
is amended by striking ``carrier, if (1)'' and all that follows and
inserting the following: ``carrier. Air carriers and, with regard to
foreign air transportation, foreign air carriers, may offer for sale and
provide through service and ticketing to or from Love Field, Texas, and
any United States or foreign destination through any point within Texas,
New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Missouri, or Alabama.''.
(b) Repeal.--Section NOTE: Effective date. 29 of the
International Air Transportation Competition Act of 1979 (94 Stat. 35),
as amended by subsection (a), is repealed on the date that is 8 years
after the date of enactment of this Act.

SEC. 3. TREATMENT OF INTERNATIONAL NONSTOP FLIGHTS TO AND FROM LOVE
FIELD, TEXAS.

No person shall provide, or offer to provide, air transportation of
passengers for compensation or hire between Love Field, Texas, and any
point or points outside the 50 States or the District of Columbia on a
nonstop basis, and no official or employee of the Federal Government may
take any action to make or designate Love Field as an initial point of
entry into the United States or a last point of departure from the
United States.

SEC. 4. CHARTER FLIGHTS AT LOVE FIELD, TEXAS.

(a) In General.--Charter flights (as defined in section 212.2 of
title 14, Code of Federal Regulations) at Love Field, Texas, shall be
limited to--
(1) destinations within the 50 States and the District of
Columbia; and
(2) no more than 10 per month per air carrier for charter
flights beyond the States of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama.

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(b) Carriers Who Lease Gates.--All flights operated to or from Love
Field by air carriers that lease terminal gate space at Love Field shall
depart from and arrive at one of those leased gates; except for--
(1) flights operated by an agency of the Federal Government
or by an air carrier under contract with an agency of the
Federal Government; and
(2) irregular operations.

(c) Carriers Who Do Not Lease Gates.--Charter flights from Love
Field, Texas, operated by air carriers that do not lease terminal space
at Love Field may operate from nonterminal facilities or one of the
terminal gates at Love Field.

SEC. 5. LOVE FIELD GATES.

(a) In General.--The city of Dallas, Texas, shall reduce as soon as
practicable, the number of gates available for passenger air service at
Love Field to no more than 20 gates. Thereafter, the number of gates
available for such service shall not exceed a maximum of 20 gates. The
city of Dallas, pursuant to its authority to operate and regulate the
airport as granted under chapter 22 of the Texas Transportation Code and
this Act, shall determine the allocation of leased gates and manage Love
Field in accordance with contractual rights and obligations existing as
of the effective date of this Act for certificated air carriers
providing scheduled passenger service at Love Field on July 11, 2006. To
accommodate new entrant air carriers, the city of Dallas shall honor the
scarce resource provision of the existing Love Field leases.
(b) Removal of Gates at Love Field.--No Federal funds or passenger
facility charges may be used to remove gates at the Lemmon Avenue
facility, Love Field, in reducing the number of gates as required under
this Act, but Federal funds or passenger facility charges may be used
for other airport facilities under chapter 471 of title 49, United
States Code.
(c) General Aviation.--Nothing in this Act shall affect general
aviation service at Love Field, including flights to or from Love Field
by general aviation aircraft for air taxi service, private or sport
flying, aerial photography, crop dusting, corporate aviation, medical
evacuation, flight training, police or fire fighting, and similar
general aviation purposes, or by aircraft operated by any agency of the
Federal Government or by any air carrier under contract to any agency of
the Federal Government.
(d) Enforcement.--
(1) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law,
the Secretary of Transportation and the Administrator of the
Federal Aviation Administration may not make findings or
determinations, issue orders or rules, withhold airport
improvement grants or approvals thereof, deny passenger facility
charge applications, or take any other actions, either self-
initiated or on behalf of third parties--
(A) that are inconsistent with the contract dated
July 11, 2006, entered into by the city of Dallas, the
city of Fort Worth, the DFW International Airport Board,
and others regarding the resolution of the Wright
Amendment issues, unless actions by the parties to the
contract are not reasonably necessary to implement such
contract; or
(B) that challenge the legality of any provision of
such contract.

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(2) Compliance with title 49 requirements.--A contract
described in paragraph (1)(A) of this subsection, and any
actions taken by the parties to such contract that are
reasonably necessary to implement its provisions, shall be
deemed to comply in all respects with the parties' obligations
under title 49, United States Code.

(e) Limitation on Statutory Construction.--
(1) In general.--Nothing in this Act shall be construed--
(A) to limit the obligations of the parties under
the programs of the Department of Transportation and the
Federal Aviation Administration relating to aviation
safety, labor, environmental, national historic
preservation, civil rights, small business concerns
(including disadvantaged business enterprise), veteran's
preference, disability access, and revenue diversion;
(B) to limit the authority of the Department of
Transportation or the Federal Aviation Administration to
enforce the obligations of the parties under the
programs described in subparagraph (A);
(C) to limit the obligations of the parties under
the security programs of the Department of Homeland
Security, including the Transportation Security
Administration, at Love Field, Texas;
(D) to authorize the parties to offer marketing
incentives that are in violation of Federal law, rules,
orders, agreements, and other requirements; or
(E) to limit the authority of the Federal Aviation
Administration or any other Federal agency to enforce
requirements of law and grant assurances (including
subsections (a)(1), (a)(4), and (s) of section 47107 of
title 49, United States Code) that impose obligations on
Love Field to make its facilities available on a
reasonable and nondiscriminatory basis to air carriers
seeking to use such facilities, or to withhold grants or
deny applications to applicants violating such
obligations with respect to Love Field.
(2) Facilities.--Paragraph (1)(E)--
(A) shall only apply with respect to facilities that
remain at Love Field after the city of Dallas has
reduced the number of gates at Love Field as required by
subsection (a); and
(B) shall not be construed to require the city of
Dallas, Texas--
(i) to construct additional gates beyond the
20 gates referred to in subsection (a); or
(ii) to modify or eliminate preferential gate
leases with air carriers in order to allocate gate
capacity to new entrants or to create common use
gates, unless such modification or elimination is
implemented on a nationwide basis.

SEC. 6. APPLICABILITY.

The provisions of this Act shall apply to actions taken with respect
to Love Field, Texas, or air transportation to or from Love Field,
Texas, and shall have no application to any other airport (other than an
airport owned or operated by the city of Dallas or the city of Fort
Worth, or both).

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SEC. 7. EFFECTIVE DATE.

Sections 1 through 6, including the amendments made by such
sections, shall take effect on the date that the Administrator of the
Federal Aviation Administration notifies Congress that aviation
operations in the airspace serving Love Field and the Dallas-Fort Worth
area which are likely to be conducted after enactment of this Act can be
accommodated in full compliance with Federal Aviation Administration
safety standards in accordance with section 40101 of title 49, United
States Code, and, based on current expectations, without adverse effect
on use of airspace in such area.

Approved October 13, 2006.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 3661 (H.R. 5830):
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SENATE REPORTS: No. 109-317 (Comm. on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 152 (2006):
Sept. 29, considered and passed Senate and House.