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American Airlines is adding a daily flight between Charleston International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York City. File/Staff

Three airlines now offer nonstop daily service between Charleston and the New York City metro area.

In May, a fourth will add a flight to the Lowcountry's top market for business and leisure travelers.

American Airlines confirmed Tuesday it will tack on the new nonstop route between the Holy City and the Big Apple's LaGuardia Airport starting May 3.

"We look forward to providing daily service between New York and Charleston, with a convenient schedule that business and leisure customers alike can appreciate," said American Airlines spokeswoman Nichelle Tait.

The flight will leave LaGuardia at 6:59 a.m. and arrive in Charleston at 9:10 a.m. It will take off from Charleston at 9:49 a.m. and land in New York at 12:04 p.m.

The Embraer 175 aircraft in operation for the flight will include eight business-class seats and 68 in coach.

American currently offers one nonstop flight each day on Saturday and Sunday between Charleston and LaGuardia.

Charleston's airport and tourism leaders noted the hospitality industry and business and leisure travelers will benefit from the new service.

The new daily flight "will give Charleston area travelers yet another choice to the top market from Charleston,” Charleston airport CEO Paul Campbell.

It will provide travel needs to an array of people to and from the Big Apple, said Helen Hill, CEO of tourism agency Explore Charleston and a board member of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.

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"New York City has long been our top market, and we are confident that travelers will embrace yet another quality choice,” Hill said.

Delta Air Lines, Charleston International's largest carrier by passenger volume, is the only other airline providing daily nonstop service between Charleston and LaGuardia. It offers three daily flights, according to the aviation authority's website. It also flies three times a day from Charleston to John F. Kennedy International in New York City.

Two other airlines also offer daily service to the New York City metro area from Charleston.

JetBlue Airways flies twice daily nonstop routes to Kennedy in New York City while United Airlines offers four daily nonstop flights to Newark Liberty International in northern New Jersey west of New York.

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