Viva Las Vegas for local airport

Okanagan to Las Vegas flights increase through WestJet

There will be more passenger opportunities between the Okanagan and Las Vegas as WestJet service begins Sept. 10 and runs until the end of April.

“This is great news for the Thompson-Okanagan,” said Sam Samaddar, with Kelowna International Airport.

“We have seen this service increase from four months to six months last year and now we have eight months of service.”

WestJet service between Kelowna and Las Vegas will operate Tuesdays and Saturdays with a day time departure time.

Scheduled service also allows for inbound traffic from the Las Vegas/Nevada market.

“This will open up our wine festivals, skiing and still catch some of the golf season for the Nevada traveller looking to experience the Okanagan,” said Samaddar.

“This also allows for more options for passengers. For those who want to vacation in Las Vegas it means travelling at a more reasonable time of day, plus making it easier for those who need to catch a connection from Las Vegas to another destination.”

Las Vegas is the 22nd largest airport in the world; eighth largest in North America with 39.4 million passengers.

It’s the main hub airport of Southwest Airlines which offers more than 230 departures a day to 72 cities.