updated 10/17/2006 1:56:51 PM ET 2006-10-17T17:56:51

Southwest Airlines Co. , the leading U.S. budget carrier, said Tuesday it will add 25 new destinations from Love Field in Dallas starting Thursday.

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The new destinations to cities including Chicago, Baltimore/Washington, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas will be one-stop (same plane) connecting service and bring the destinations served from the airport to 43, the carrier said.

Under an introductory offer, one-way, 14-day advance purchase tickets will cost $99 for the new destinations.

The new destinations come after Southwest succeeded in a long-running fight to expand service at its home airport and offers a growth opportunity for the low-cost airline.

Service from Love Field had been restricted by a 1979 law to spur growth at nearby Dallas-Fort Worth airport, where American Airlines is dominant.

The two airports are about 28 miles apart. Love Field is about eight miles from downtown Dallas, while Dallas-Fort Worth is about 20 miles from the center of the Texas city.

American and Southwest agreed in July to end their turf battle, paving the way for a congressional repeal of the 1979 legislation, known as the Wright Amendment, which was signed into law by President Bush last week.

On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration said air traffic controllers can safely manage changes under the law.

Restrictions on nonstop long-distance flights from Love Field will remain in place for another eight years.

Flights to and from Love Field are restricted from going beyond New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Missouri. But now Southwest can offer continuing service to other cities.

Southwest, which began service from Love Field in 1971, currently operates 121 daily departures from the airport.

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