Southwest Airlines will Sunday launch year-round service from Palm Springs to Las Vegas.
There will initially be nonstop flights from Palm Springs International Airport to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. Daily flights will begin in June.
Palm Springs City Manager Justin Clifton said the new route is expected to provide economic benefits to the entire region.
“This new nonstop flight from Palm Springs to Las Vegas has been one of the most requested routes over the past decade,” Clifton said Thursday. “The Coachella Valley and our local hospitality and tourism partners will see a great economic benefit with this new service.”
Southwest Airlines started serving the Coachella Valley in November with flights to Denver, Phoenix and Oakland. It was one of several airlines to announce new or expanded routes to Palm Springs International Airport at the time.
“With our nearly 200 flights to 60 cities nonstop from Las Vegas, this quick hop puts more people from across the country within quick reach of all the Coachella Valley has to offer, and helps locals save time in starting vacations, visits with family and friends or doing business,” said Kelly Knox, Southwest Airlines’ community outreach leader for California.