By G. Chambers Williams III / The Tennessean
Southwest Airlines will begin two daily nonstop flights between Nashville and New York's LaGuardia Airport on Jan. 6, the airline said Monday.
That will increase the number of daily nonstop flights between Nashville International Airport and LaGuardia to 12, said airport spokeswoman Emily Richard.
American Airlines already offers six daily flights to LaGuardia, while Delta Air Lines has four.
Daily nonstops to other New York-area airports are also offered by American, Delta and United Airlines. American and Delta operate one flight each to Kennedy Airport, and United has five round-trips to the Newark (N.J.) airport.
Southwest also said it would begin a seasonal daily flight between Nashville and Ft. Myers, Fla., on Jan. 6.
Flights to LaGuardia will leave Nashville at 7:25 a.m. (Central), arriving at 10:35 a.m. (Eastern); and at 1 p.m., arriving at 4:10 p.m.
Return flights will leave LaGuardia at 9:45 a.m. (Eastern), arriving at 11:35 a.m. (Central); and 5:35 p.m., arriving at 7:25 p.m., the airline said.
Southwest is the busiest carrier at the Nashville airport, operating more than half of the facility's daily flights. Overall, the Dallas-based airline serves 73 cities in 38 states, with more than 3,400 daily flights.