McCarran: We Want More Nonstop International Flights

Foreign tourists tend to plan longer vacations. To bring more foreign tourists to Las Vegas, McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority are campaigning for more nonstop routes by foreign air carriers.

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have joined forces to recruit more foreign flights carrying foreign visitors to Sin City, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

To meet the goal, it’s important to establish more nonstop routes by foreign airlines to McCarran. Existing nonstop international carriers include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Air, Air Canada and Aeromexico. Edelweiss Air, a subsidiary of Swiss Air and part of the Lufthansa group, will add a third weekly flight from Zurich to Las Vegas next year, the Review-Journal reported.

And Volaris, a Mexican discount carrier, will add a new nonstop route between Cancun and Las Vegas before the end of the year.

The LCCVA wants to grow the percentage of international travelers from 20 percent of the total to 30 percent by 2020. It’s not an unreasonable goal. Southern Nevada saw a record-breaking 40 million visitors in 2014. Based on the LCCVA’s goal, an increase of 30 percent in international travel would take the foreign totals from more than 8 million to more than 12 million people a year.