Thursday, June 8, 2000 | 11:01 a.m.
Twice-a-week nonstop air service between London and Las Vegas begins today with the scheduled arrival of the first Virgin Atlantic Airways flight from Gatwick International Airport.
Virgin Atlantic Chairman Richard Branson is being joined by 300 invited guests aboard the flight, which is scheduled to arrive at McCarran International Airport at 3:15 p.m.
The second-largest British air carrier will offer flights Thursdays and Sundays to and from London. Great Britain is the third largest international market for Las Vegas behind Canada and Japan. About 250,000 people visit Las Vegas from Great Britain each year.
Las Vegas is the 10th U.S. gateway for Virgin Atlantic.
Las Vegas currently has scheduled international service to and from Frankfurt, Germany, Tokyo and several Canadian destinations. AeroMexico will begin scheduled daily nonstop service between Las Vegas and Hermosillo, Mexico, later this month.