A portion of the compromise precludes new competition within an eighty-mile radius everywhere but at DFWIA. In all the rhetoric surrounding the compromise there has been no conclusive argument supporting the need for an eight-year constraint on open competition in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
In their antitrust lawsuit against the compromise partners, opponents stated that "the extension of Southwest Airline's gate leases to 2028 and control of 16 of the 20 gates at Love Field will protect and enhance Southwest's dominant position over the short-haul markets for the next twenty-two years" and American Airlines is assured that it can charge premium prices for long-haul flights at DFWIA Airport for another eight years.
To serve a regional population exceeding 5.7 million citizens, DFW International Airport is assured of no new competition within an eighty-mile radius and reduction in the infrastructure of its closest competitor (Love Field) albeit one-fifth the size of DFWIA. The only cost of these propositions is the $8 billion cost to the consumer.