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Controversy brewing over two Dallas Love Field gates

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DALLAS - The Dallas City Council's transportation committee made no decisions on Monday about which airline would get two hotly contested gates at Dallas Love Field.

The committee opted to take no action after it went into a closed-door session and the gate issue could be referred to the full council for a briefing in May. The decision from the city's perspective on the gates is up to the city manager.

A consultant hired by the City of Dallas told the committee Southwest Airlines would be a better fit than Virgin America for the two gates up for grabs.

Virgin said before the meeting it is the favorite of the U.S. Justice Department, which forced American Airlines to give up the gates to settle an anti-trust lawsuit.

The airline began selling discount tickets for service out of Love Field on Friday.

But the consultant said Southwest would serve more passengers and be a better choice. It already controls 16 of the 20 gates at the city-owned airport. Delta Airlines is also hoping to take over the two gates.

All three airlines had representatives at Monday's meeting, but they did not get to speak before the committee.
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