Welcome to fabulous!
A passenger records his memorable first moments in Las Vegas after McCarran International Airport welcomed the first nonstop flight from São Paulo, Brazil on June 3. 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, 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 Sept. 30 with an economic impact of $22 million. The seasonal service will resume Dec. 15 and run through Feb. 28, 2019 with an economic impact of $15.5 million. — Photo by Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau