Southwest Airlines is adding nonstop service between the Twin Cities and St. Louis, starting in January.
The airline will offer two daily nonstop flights each way. The airline's introductory fares are as low as $49 one-way, excluding taxes and fees.
Southwest already offers nonstop service between the Twin Cites and Chicago, as well as Denver.
Spokesman Chris Mainz says the service to St. Louis will allow Minnesotans to reach more cities served by Southwest, including Dallas, via connecting flights out of St. Louis. "The local traffic is there. We feel like the demand supports the two nonstop flights," he said.
About 800 passengers fly between the Twin Cities and St. Louis daily, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Northwest carries about 60 percent of those travelers.
Both Northwest and American airlines currently offer nonstop service between the Twin Cities and St. Louis.