Southwest Airlines to Offer Service to LaGuardia

NEW YORK (AP) - Southwest Airlines says it will be setting up shop at New York's LaGuardia Airport in June, the carrier's first foray into the major market.

The move not only helps Southwest push into one of the country's busiest airports, but it also taps into budget-conscious travelers' desire for low-cost fares during the recession.

The Dallas-based company says it will have eight daily nonstop flights to locations such as Chicago and Baltimore/Washington. A one-way ticket to Baltimore/Washington will run $49, while a Chicago one-way fare will cost $89.

Previously Southwest's closest hub for New York-based travelers was Long Island's Islip Airport.

The carrier has said it is starting service at Boston's Logan International Airport in the fall.

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