Allegiant Air adds new nonstop routes to SW Fla.

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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) -- Allegiant Air has added new nonstop service from New York and Iowa to southwest Florida.

Twice-weekly flights will run between Punta Gorda Airport and Long Island MacArthur Airport. Introductory fares start at $58 one way.

Meanwhile, twice weekly flights also will run between Punta Gorda and Eastern Iowa Airport. Introductory fares start at $95 one way.

Punta Gorda officials tell the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (http://bit.ly/J5lUO9 ) that the airport is spending $7 million to more than double the size of its terminal, to roughly 40,000 square feet. Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air is the airport's sole carrier.

Allegiant also will begin flying between Punta Gorda and Columbus, Ohio, and Portsmouth, N.H., in mid-February.