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Nonstops to Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale coming to Manchester airport

Southwest Airlines, by far the biggest carrier at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, will run nonstop flights to Las Vegas in the summer and nonstops to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., during school vacation periods.

The airline, which carries about half of the passengers to and from the airport, currently has several one-stop flights per day to those vacation cities. ...

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Southwest Airlines, by far the biggest carrier at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, will run nonstop flights to Las Vegas in the summer and nonstops to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., during school vacation periods.

The airline, which carries about half of the passengers to and from the airport, currently has several one-stop flights per day to those vacation cities.

The Las Vegas nonstop will run Saturdays from June through Aug. 2.

The nonstop Fort Lauderdale service will occur during “peak travel periods” in February and April, when New Hampshire has school vacations, an airport official said.

“These two cities fall within our top 10 destinations and are very well supported with previous load factors – i.e., average number of seats filled per flight, averaging well above 90 percent,” airport Director Mark Brewer said in a prepared statement.

Like most midsize airports, Manchester-Boston Regional has seen its traffic decline for much of the last decade as airlines have consolidated traffic through their main hubs in major cities. It handled about 2.5 million passengers in 2013, only 60 percent of the 4.3 million figure in its peak year of 2005.

– Telegraph staff