Las Vegas, NV- McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas welcomed the first nonstop flight this morning from São Paulo, Brazil. The inaugural flight was met with a celebratory water arch, Viva Las Vegas Dancing Showgirls, cake and champagne for deplaning passengers.
With more than 42 million visitors each year, Las Vegas is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. This route is expected to bring even more visitors from Brazil and South America. While the flight departs from São Paulo, Brazil, key passenger feeder markets include Argentina and Chile. Combined visitation to Las Vegas from those three countries totaled nearly 200,000 in 2016.
Las Vegas will welcome three weekly direct flights from June 2 to September 30 with an economic impact of $22 million. The seasonal service will resume December 15 and run through February 28, 2019 with an economic impact of $15.5 million.
“Brazil has long been one of our most sought-after markets. We welcome LATAM Airlines Brazil to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and are honored to be its first west coast destination with nonstop flights from São Paulo,” said Clark County Aviation Director Rosemary Vassiliadis, who oversees operations at the eighth-busiest airport in the United States. “In anticipation of new air service such as this, we recently increased capacity for international arrivals and expanded amenities that cater to international travelers, including more duty-free retail.”
This will be the only direct connection between South America and Las Vegas, offering Brazilians and South Americans not only direct access to Las Vegas, but also more connectivity to destinations on the west region of the USA.
“We are thrilled to welcome a seasonal nonstop service between São Paulo and Las Vegas for the first time with our newest airline partner, LATAM Airlines Brazil,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA.) “We are a destination like no other and this nonstop service makes it easier for South American visitors to come and experience the shopping, dining, entertainment, outdoor recreation and all of the excitement found only in Las Vegas.”
Flights from São Paulo to Las Vegas will be operated by LATAM Airlines on Boeing 767 aircrafts, with capacity for 191 passengers on Economy and 30 passengers on Premium Business, departing from São Paulo (GRU) onboard the JJ 9460 LATAM Airlines flight at 11:55 pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and returning from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas onboard the JJ9461 LATAM Airlines flight at 1:05 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
About LATAM Airlines Group
LATAM Airlines Group is Latin America’s leading airline group with one of the largest route networks in the world, offering air services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries, and is present in six domestic markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, in addition to its international operations in Latin America, Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania and Africa.
The Group employs over 42.000 people worldwide, operating more than 1,300 flights per day and transporting 67 million passengers per year.
LATAM Airlines Group has a young and modern fleet. Its 306 aircraft average an age of around seven years and feature the latest models including the Boeing 787, Airbus A350, A321 and A320neo.
LATAM Airlines Group (formerly LAN Airlines) comprises affiliates in Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador as well as LATAM CARGO and its affiliates; in addition to TAM S.A and its affiliates, TAM Linhas Aéreas S.A. (LATAM Airlines Brasil) and its business units TAM Transportes Aéreos Del Mercosur S.A. (LATAM Airlines Paraguay) and Multiplus S.A. LATAM is the brand adopted by LATAM Airlines Group member airlines and is being rolled-out in its products and services, as part of a gradual integration plan.
LATAM Airlines Group is the only airlines group in Latin America and one of three worldwide to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability ‘World’ Index. In 2017, it was recognized by the index for sustainable practices, based on economic, social and environmental criteria, for the fourth consecutive year. LATAM Airlines Group shares are traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange in the form of ADRs.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting http://www.vrtv.vegas/. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com
About McCarran International Airport
McCarran International Airport is located in the shadows of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and is the gateway for nearly half of the people who visit Southern Nevada each year. Including arrivals and departures, McCarran hosted a record of 48.5 million passengers in 2017, making 2017 the busiest year in the airport's 70-year history. With 29 airlines providing nonstop service to more than 140 destinations, McCarran makes it possible for the world to experience one of the most alluring travel destinations. McCarran International Airport is owned and operated by Clark County, Nevada, and does not benefit from local tax dollars.