Southwest brings more discount airfare to Boston

Filed in Business, Local News by on August 17, 2009 1 Comment

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The nation’s leading low-fare carrier, Southwest Airlines, has just launched service from Boston’s Logan International Airport, and will offer discounted flights set to compete with Boston’s major discount carrier, Jet Blue.

Southwest will now offer 10 daily flights from Boston: five non-stop flights to Chicago Midway(MDW), and five to Baltimore/Washington(BWI).

As airlines battle higher fuel costs and lower overall passenger demands, cheap “no frills” flights have grown in popularity. Boston already has a bevvy of discount airfare providers competing with each other, including Airtran and Spirit Airlines. The addition off Southwest will only increase competition, which spells out major savings for airborne Boston travelers.

Southwest’s new fares start at $49 for a one-way flight to Baltimore and $89 for one-way flights to Chicago. The Boston Globe points out that Southwest’s low prices have already caused JetBlue to counter-offer with a cheaper one-way flight to Baltimore for $39.

That’s a flight out of Boston for under 40 bucks!

Now please excuse me, as it seems I can suddenly afford to fly to Baltimore for the evening.

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