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Starting in mid-October, you'll once again be able to fly non-stop from Dallas Love Field to New York City, Las Vegas, Orlando, and a dozen other destinations across the country for the first time in more than three decades.

Southwest Airlines made the announcement Monday, listing the city names on cupcakes at a celebration. This airplane food should taste pretty good to passengers hungry for more options and lower prices.

'These new non-stops will bring competition to North Texas and value to passengers,' said Southwest CEO Gary Kelly.

The new destinations also include Washington Reagan, Nashville, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa, Orange County, Atlanta, Chicago Midway, Baltimore, Denver, and Fort Lauderdale.

Kelly delivered the news with former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

'Already the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau is touting the opening of Love Field to lure visitors to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center,' she said with a smile.

Hutchison supported a 2006 compromise to the Wright Amendment, a 1979 law designed to protect what was then known as Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport from potential competition at Love Field and Fort Worth Meacham Airport.

That compromise let Southwest expand at Love Field, and the end of the Wright Amendment in October lets the home town Dallas airline soar.

Former House Speaker Jim Wright says his namesake law worked, and that he wishes Southwest success with their new routes.

'I wish them well. I have no grudge against Southwest; it's a good airline,' he said from his office at TCU.

Despite two mouth cancer surgeries, the 91-year-old lawmaker can still laugh about one time he flew Southwest and a ticket agent asked him to sign a petition.

'Pushed the thing in front of me and said, 'Would you like to sign a petition to get rid of the Wright Amendment?''

Wright said he declined.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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