Southwest to offer 10 daily nonstops from Boston

Southwest Airlines Co. said Tuesday it will launch service at Boston's Logan Airport on Aug. 16 with 10 daily nonstop flights to Chicago and Baltimore.

Southwest said it would operate five flights to Chicago's Midway Airport with one-way fares starting at $89 and five to Baltimore-Washington International starting at $49 each way. Those fares come with limits.

Bob Jordan, the airline's executive vice president of planning, said the flights at Logan would complement Southwest's service in Providence, R.I., and Manchester, N.H. Southwest hopes to capture business travelers who don't like driving to the far-flung airports to catch a flight.

Although Southwest claims not to operate on the hub-and-spoke system used by other large carriers, it effectively does the same thing with a large number of flights at Chicago and Baltimore-Washington. Southwest said Boston fliers could connect at those two airports to flights to 48 other destinations.

Patrick B. Moscaritolo, president of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, predicted that Southwest's Logan service would increase business and leisure travel to the city.

Southwest shares fell 7 cents to $7.28 in morning trading.

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