WERE RE-SENT, WITH THE BIBLICAL REFERENCE REMOVED. IF YOU’RE FLYING FROM THE ALBUQUERQUE SUNPORT, PREPARE TO SEE FEWER OPTIONS THAN BEFORE. SOUTHWEST AIRLINE PLANS TO CUT 5 FLIGHTS IN NOVEMBER. KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER KIRSTEN SWANSON IS LIVE AT THE SUNPORT TONIGHT WITH WHAT THIS MEANS FOR TRAVELERS. SHELLY, SOUTHWEST ALERTED THE SUNPORT IN THE SPRING THAT THEY WOULD SEE A REDUCTION IN FLIGHTS TO DALLAS, TEXAS. OFFICIALS SAY THIS TRANSITION HAS BEEN SMOOTH, AND ACTUALLY COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE FOR NEW MEXICO’S LARGEST AIRPORT. Nat pop of bag on escalator TRAVELERS FLYING OUT OF THE ALBUQUERQUE’S SUNPORT WON’T FIND THE FLIGHT OPTIONS THEY PREVIOUSLY HAD. Obviously people are used to the eight flights a day to Dallas IN NOVEMBER… SOUTHWEST IS CUTTING THREE FLIGHTS TO DALLAS ONE TO LAS VEGAS … AND ONE TO PHONIEX. THE AIRLINE WILL CONTINUE TO FLY TO THOSE DESTINATIONS, BUT TRAVELERS WON’T HAVE AS MANY FLIGHTS TO CHOOSE FROM. THAT’S BECAUSE A FEDERAL LAW RESTRICTING CERTAIN FLIGHTS EXPIRED YESTERDAY. WITH THE LAW GONE … SOUTHWEST CAN SKIP NEW MEXICO ENTIRELY. JIM HINDE IS THE AVIATION DIRECTOR FOR THE CITY. HE SAYS LOSING THE FIVE FLIGHTS IS A BETTER SCENARIO THAN WHAT THEY ORIGINALLY EXPECTED. We thought we were going to lose some destinations and we didn’t DOES THIS HURT? obviously we never like to see a frequency loss on any route we have here LOSING THOSE FLIGHTS COULD MEAN FEWER SEATS WHICH COULD RESULT IN HIGHER TICKET PRICES. normally when the competition is low, they can increase airfares THAT’S A MOVE SOUTHWEST CAN CONTROL IN NEW MEXICO. Q:HOW IMPORTANT IS SOUTHWEST TO THE SUNPORT? they’re huge. They’re by far our largest airline Southwest makes up about 56 percent of business here at the sunport. You can see that on a daily basis as people wait in long lines just to check bags we may well have the same number of people flying and it will just be higher loads in the aircrafts themselves. MOST SOUTHWEST FLIGHTS OUT OF THE SUNPORT WILL GO TO DALLAS… THAT’S WHERE TRAVELERS WILL CONNECT TO FLIGHTS HEADING TO THEIR DESTINATION. LIVE AT THE ALBUQUERQUE SUNPORT KIRSTEN SWANSON KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS. THE SUNPORT SAYS IT’S BEEN LOOKING TO BRING IN MORE AIRLINES. JUST LAST MONTH, IT ADDED ALASKA AIRLINES. WHICH BROUGHT A DIRECT FLIGHT FROM SEATTLE TO THE DUKE CITY. EARLY VOTING CENTERS WILL OPEN ACROSS THE STATE THIS WEEKEND. YOU CAN CAST YOUR BALLOT FROM 8AM TO 8PM.