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Two from Fort Worth appointed by Gov. Abbott to university boards

Steve Hicks, a University of Texas System regent who has been a vocal opponent of regents who have criticized the system’s flagship campus in Austin, was reappointed to the board by Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday. 

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Fort Worth draws closer to deal with Lancaster developer

City staff are planning to introduce the developer Feb. 3 at a meeting of the City Council's Housing and Economic Development Committee.

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Compass BBVA names Happel CEO for Fort Worth

BBVA Compass has appointed Brian Happel, most recently the Fort Worth city president, its chief executive officer of Fort Worth.

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Energy Transfer Partners, Regency Energy announce $18B merger

Energy Transfer Partners LP of Dallas and Regency Energy Partners LP have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

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Museum District: Area’s evolution creating more interaction, public spaces

Fifteen years ago if someone had shot a cannon from Fort Worth’s world-renowned museum district, nobody would have noticed, joked Lori Eklund, senior deputy director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. But that has changed.

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Update: Virgin America gets 2 gates at Dallas airport

DALLAS (AP) – With help from Washington, Virgin America is getting two airport gates at Dallas Love Field.

The airline beat out Southwest Airlines Co. and Delta Air Lines Inc., which also coveted the gates.

Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez announced the decision Monday. He suggested that he had no choice after the U.S. Justice Department required American Airlines to sublease the gates at the city-owned airport near downtown to Virgin America.

"Contrary to reports, this was not a competition," Gonzalez said.

Eventually, Southwest will control 16 gates at the airport while Virgin and United Airlines will get two each.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to bring new competition to Love Field," Virgin America CEO David Cush said in a statement.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said his team was very disappointed but remained excited about new flights from Love Field beginning later this year. Dallas-based Southwest had argued that the two extra gates would help it compete with American's stronghold at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Virgin America will be new to Love Field but not to the Dallas area. Since 2010, it has been flying from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth. The airline plans to shift those flights to Love Field. After federal limits on long flights from Love Field are lifted in October, Virgin will add flights to New York and Washington this year and Chicago next year. Southwest also plans to add flights to many new destinations from Love Field.

American is surrendering the gates as part of a settlement of a government lawsuit against its merger with US Airways. It is selling some of its coveted takeoff and landing rights at LaGuardia Airport in New York and Reagan National Airport near Washington to Southwest, Virgin America and JetBlue, and it will give up two gates each at airports in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Miami.
 

 

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