Vegas welcomes first British Airways flight since March 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Monday marked another milestone in the return of international travel to Las Vegas.

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It has been 20 months since British Airways’ last flight landed in Las Vegas – not since March 3, 2020, due to an international travel ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That changed on Monday night with the landing of a flight from London Heathrow Airport, according to McCarran Airport officials.

Video from McCarran Airport showed the plane entering its door with an American flag and a British flag waving through the front windows.

Passengers were greeted at the airport by showgirls and “Vegas goodies,” officials said.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reports that international travelers to Las Vegas make up about 15% of the total number of visits and spend on average 50-60% more than domestic visitors. They also stay a little longer.

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