Downtown Las Vegas CEO and property developer Derek Stevens launched his “Keep America Flying” promotion, where the casino owner offered 2,000 free one-way flights to Las Vegas from dozens of cities across the country. Announced at 9 a.m. PDT yesterday, the first round of 1,000 flights were scooped up by enthusiastic participants in a less than two hours. Due to the incredible demand, Stevens offered an additional 1,000 flights, which were booked within mere hours of the announcement.
Welcoming visitors from all areas of the country, the property developer hopes the act of goodwill will help stimulate Las Vegas tourism and reignite the airline industry. Stevens will reopen his Downtown Las Vegas casinos, the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino on June 4.
The Las Vegas-bound flights were available through several American carriers including Allegiant, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Sun Country Airlines. Offered on a first-come first-serve basis, takeoff cities include: Atlanta (ATL); Appleton, Wisc. (ATW); Austin (AUS); Boise, Idaho (BOI); Boston (BOS); Buffalo (BUF); Chicago (ORD); Cincinnati (CVG); Dallas (DFW); Denver (DEN); Detroit (DTW); Grand Rapids, Mich. (GRR); Kansas City, Mo. (MCI); Knoxville, Tenn. (TYS); Louisville (SDF); Memphis, Tenn. (MEM); Milwaukee (MKE); Minneapolis (MSP); Oklahoma City (OKC); Omaha, Neb. (OMA); Orlando (MCO); Oakland, Calif. (OAK); Phoenix (PHX); Portland, Ore. (PDX); San Antonio (SAT); San Diego (SAN); San Francisco (SFO); Seattle (SEA); Sioux Falls, S.D. (FSD); South Bend, Ind. (SBN); St. Louis (STL); Tampa (TPA) and Tulsa, Okla. (TUL).
Though guests are encouraged to stay at Stevens’ properties, they will not be required to do so as part of the promotion.