Korean Air recently celebrated its 10th anniversary at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport with the launch of new flights to Las Vegas from Seoul. The airline distributed gifts and desserts to its customers as it touched down at McCarran to celebrate the occasion. The airline was also welcomed with a water cannon salute as well.
Media reports said that Korean Air would be launching new flights between Seoul and Las Vegas starting from December 10, 2016.The roundtrip, direct service would be operated five times per week. The airline will deploy a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft configured with a seating capacity of up to 291 passengers. Apart from Korean Air, leading Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines is also going to launch its new flights services to Las Vegas during December this year.
John Jackson, Korean Air’s Vice President for the Americas, said, “The airline wants to cash on the opportunity as Las Vegas has initiated promotional campaign showcasing itself as a prime destination for budget Asian tourists. Moreover, to add more to the city’s tourism portfolio the Lucky Dragon has recently been opened near the Strip.”
Jackson further stated that Korean tourists are increasingly visiting Las Vegas for entertainment shows and fabulous experience. Additionally, shopping options are quite huge here for both Chinese and Korean tourists in the city. “It was previously thought that the development of casinos in Macau was going to impact the flow of visitors to Las Vegas, but the apprehensions proved to be wrong. Over the years Las Vegas has emerged as a major tourism destination in the United States,” he said.
Korean Air first launched its flights between Seoul and Las Vegas in 2006. The airline has ever since carried more than 344,000 passengers between the two destinations. Nearly half of the passengers traveling to either of the cities were Chinese. Above all, the extension of visa-waiver program to South Korea by the United States for convenient travel in both the countries, tourism from Asian countries has registered a significant growth in 2008.