Las Vegas is still a long way from recovering from the pandemic, but it may have needed help starting next year. Four airlines have announced that they will create new routes to McCarran International Airport, which is expected to start attracting more visitors from across the country.
The launch will be staggered, with different airlines adding new routes over several months. Frontier Airlines announced that it will begin offering flights in March. Frontier will make six new nonstop flights starting on March 12, almost at the same time that the vaccine is expected to be available nationwide.
New routes should boost resumption of the gaming industry
The new routes will pass through El Paso, Texas, Little Rock, Arkansas, Wichita, Kansas and Oklahoma City, USA, as well as Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. Airport marketing director Chris Jones spoke about the company’s new options.
“These new routes not only support travelers’ desire to explore all Las Vegas experiences, but also the belief that we will be a leading destination as air travel increases.”
JetBlue has announced that it will begin offering flights from Cancún, Mexico and Raleigh, North Carolina on March 4. That same day, according to a previous announcement by Allegiant Air, there will be a new route from Flint, Michigan to Las Vegas.
In addition, Alaska Airlines is giving dissatisfied people in the state’s icy climate a chance to escape and will launch flights to McCarran starting May 20. As such, Las Vegas will welcome any visitors it may receive.
In October, just two million tourists passed through the airport, less than half of what they received a year earlier. Despite that, that number was the highest since Las Vegas casinos started turning off their lights in March because of the coronavirus.
The vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Center, Fletch Brunelle, celebrated the airline ads. “We believe that in the new year, people will be eager to travel. And, these new nonstop routes will be incredibly popular with repeat and first-time visitors ”.
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Currently, Las Vegas casinos still need to limit activity to just 25% of their normal capacity. This will continue to force revenue to a virtual standstill, due to the fact that many hotels have started to close because of the low flow of customers.
Even though the Christmas and New Year holidays are approaching, these festivities will not be able to reverse the losses presented by Vegas developments in almost the entire year 2020.