First flight from Tel Aviv lands in Las Vegas
Clark County tourism leaders gathered at McCarran International Airport on June 14 to welcome a second new international air service to Las Vegas in the past week. An El Al Israel Airlines’ flight marked the first scheduled nonstop service between Israel and Las Vegas. One week earlier, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines commenced direct nonstop flights between Amsterdam and Las Vegas, making Vegas the airline’s 18th direct North Atlantic destination.
“I can say that it was a dream of ours to come to Las Vegas,” said Yoram Elgrabi, El Al Israel Airlines vice president, North & Central America, at the McCarran welcome event. “We are operating today from Los Angeles and San Francisco and it is just so natural to put Las Vegas as a destination from Tel Aviv today.”
Officials estimate the El Al flights will generate an estimated annual economic impact of $5.9 million for Southern Nevada.
“Israeli passenger(s) will come and start their journey in Los Angeles or San Francisco and will finish it here in Las Vegas. Every Israeli in the West Coast likes to come and visit Las Vegas and that’s why we are here,” Elgrabi said. “We are listening to our client and trying to be where there is a demand.”
El Al is operating a weekly nonstop flight to Las Vegas on a 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and offers three classes of service: economy, premium and business. The Tel Aviv-to-Las Vegas flight will arrive at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays, with the return route scheduled for Saturday departures the following day at 10:45 p.m.