Starting today, Southwest Airlines will make two daily flights from Dallas' Love Field to Wichita, Kan.

The largest city in Kansas has been trying to attract the airline for about three decades, but a federal law blocked the airline from flying to Wichita from Love Field until 1997, according a news release from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Attempts continued until the airline purchased AirTran Airways in 2011, which gave Southwest an opportunity to assimilate AirTran's existing Wichita flights into its network. AirTran has been flying from Wichita since 2002.

Southwest is the largest domestic carrier in the United States and has 3,300 flights a day, 131 of those from Love Field, according to information from

The airline also is adding two daily flights from Wichita to Chicago and a daily flight to Las Vegas.

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