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Southwest to resume non-stop Vegas flights

MANCHESTER — Southwest Airlines, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport&#';s largest air carrier, will resume daily non-stop service between Manchester and Las Vegas beginning April 10.

The non-stop Las Vegas flight is scheduled to depart Manchester at 1:30 p.m. and arrive in Las Vegas at 4:30 p.m. The return flight departs Las Vegas at 3:45 p.m. and arrives in Manchester at 11:40 p.m.

The return of non-stop Las Vegas service also marks the end of seasonal service between Manchester and Fort Lauderdale.

As part of Southwest&#';s new system-optimization strategy, it is anticipated that seasonal non-stop service to Las Vegas will continue through mid-January of 2013 and will be replaced with seasonal Fort Lauderdale service, which will run from mid-January through April.

Airport Director Mark Brewer said, &#';We continue to work closely with Southwest to ensure that all of the markets they serve from Manchester are successful. Ultimately, we would like to see seasonal service to Fort Lauderdale perform well enough to continue it year round. Likewise with Las Vegas, the more the service is supported, the stronger our case becomes to keep it in the schedule year round.

&#';We are seeing a very positive response to both markets at this point as indicated by high passenger-load factors. This is certainly a positive step toward maintaining both routes and further developing them in the future.&#';

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