Holidaymakers who love the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip will welcome the news that British Airways is launching a new service to the city.
The new service will run three times a week, from Gatwick Airport, and gets underway on 29 October this year.
Flights to McCarran Airport will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The service will depart from Gatwick at 11.30am, with the return flight at 3.55pm.
Tickets are already on sale, with return World Traveller fares starting from £722. World Traveller Plus tickets start from £1100 and Club World start from £3550.
The route will be operated by a three-cabin Boeing 777, offering a premium Club World cabin with fully flat beds.
“Las Vegas has proved to be an incredibly popular year-round destination from Heathrow so we are delighted to now be able to offer the route from Gatwick as well,” said Colm Lacy, British Airways’ head of commercial at Gatwick.
“This is the kind of destination our leisure customers at Gatwick are looking for and it will complement our existing USA and longhaul leisure network.”
When the schedules from the two airports are combined, British Airways will operate ten flights a week to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas has proved to be a popular destination for holidaymakers, with recent figures showing that 3.5 million tourists visited the city in March, up from March 2011’s 3.4 million.
The airline is also offering travellers package deals to Las Vegas. Three nights at the three-star Riviera Hotel and Casino start from £739 per person.
This is based on two people sharing, for travel between 1 November and 16 December. This includes return British Airways flights from Gatwick and accommodation.
Three nights at the five-star Bellagio start from £879 per person, based on two people sharing, for travel in the same period. This also includes return flights from Gatwick and accommodation.
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