Tucson gambles on additional links with Vegas

Southwest Airlines has announced additional flights to Las Vegas from Tucson Airport (TUS) in the heart of southern Arizona in the US. The Texas-based low-fare carrier is also launching new nonstop flights to San Jose in California and welcoming the return of its weekly Tucson-Oakland service.

Flights to and from Oakland are scheduled to resume on 7 October, while additional flights to Las Vegas and the new service to San Jose will begin in November and operate until the beginning of January 2019, covering the Thanksgiving and year-end holiday seasons. The additional service to and from Las Vegas, will mean a total of four daily roundtrips between the two destinations.

The new Tucson-San Jose link is part of Southwest’s continued expansion of flights to and from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). By the end of November, the airline says it will have up to 99 departures a day from SJC to 24 destinations, making it easy for southern Arizonans to reach Southwest destinations across the West Coast.

TUS is this year celebrating Tucson Airport Authority’s (TAA’s) 70th anniversary, so has plenty of reason to celebrate as it enters the second half of the year.

In addition to new routes and a milestone anniversary, the airport was awarded second place for best food and beverage programme in the small airport’s category by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) in June. Since September last year, the TAA along with its food and beverage concessionaire, Creative Food Group, has opened nine new restaurants throughout Tucson’s terminal.

Written by: Chloe Greenbank

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