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Virgin Atlantic to begin Las Vegas-UK flights in 2011

7 April 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- British air carrier Virgin Atlantic announced this morning it will launch twice-weekly service between McCarran International Airport and Manchester in the United Kingdom. The flights will begin in April 2011.

The additional flights will give Virgin Atlantic nine direct flights a week between Las Vegas and England. Virgin Atlantic has been flying between Gatwick and Las Vegas since June 2000 and has carried almost 2 million passengers on the route.

The new service will operate on Thursdays and Sundays.

"The decision to expand our Manchester flying program underlines Virgin Atlantic's commitment to flying to long-haul destinations from regional airports in the UK," Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive Officer Steve Ridgway said.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has been seeking to new direct flights between McCarran and foreign destinations to augment visitation.

"Virgin Atlantic's new service into Las Vegas from Manchester is indicative of its long-term confidence in the Las Vegas," said Cathy Tull, the convention authority's senior vice president of marketing.