Virgin America is launching three-times-daily service to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport from Los Angeles International Airport on April 22.

Virgin America is launching three-times-daily service to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on April 22, 2013.

The three daily round-trip flights will add to Virgin America’s existing service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Las Vegas and its existing non-stop service between Las Vegas and New York JFK.


Virgin America operates an all-Airbus fleet of A319s and A320s and by the middle of the decade could have 76 or more aircraft in service, given the size of its current fleet and existing orders

Virgin America operates an all-Airbus fleet of A319s and A320s and by the middle of the decade could have 76 or more aircraft in service, given the size of its current fleet and existing orders

Tickets for the new service are available at www.virginamerica.com and 1-877-FLY-VIRGIN, with LAX-LAS fares from $39 one way (taxes and fees included and restrictions applying). Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CST on January 18 and travel must occur between April 22 and August 14, 2013.

All seats are also available for redemption booking using points from Virgin America’s Elevate loyalty program, with no-blackout reward flights starting at 1,302 points. Upgrades to First Class are available for $79.

To mark the new route, Virgin America is also launching a systemwide fare sale with short-haul flights from $59 and long-haul flights from $119 (taxes and fees included and restrictions applying). Again, all tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CST on January 18; travel dates, conditions and blackout dates vary.

Las Vegas is the largest market that Virgin America does not currently serve from LAX in terms of traveler demand, and Los Angeles is the largest market for Las Vegas travelers.

Virgin America's Red in-flight entertainment system features 9-inch seatback screens, even in the economy-class Main Cabin

Virgin America’s Red in-flight entertainment system features 9-inch seatback screens, even in the economy-class Main Cabin

Virgin America says its schedule for the Las Vegas-Los Angeles route is designed to provide passengers with well-timed connections for flights to and from many of the destinations Virgin America serves from Los Angeles International Airport, as well as for passengers connecting to or from flights operated by Virgin America’s interline and codeshare partners.

The airline, which celebrated its fifth anniversary of operations in August 2012, launched, the first non-stop New York JFK-Palm Springs domestic service on December 22, 2012.

Last month the airline also announced new daily non-stop service from both San Francisco and Los Angeles to Newark, with flights starting in April.

Virgin America’s Los Angeles-Las Vegas flight schedule calls for its first daily flight on the route to leave LAX at 11:30 a.m. from April 22 and to reach LAS at 12:35 p.m. The second flight is timed to depart LAX at 3:15 p.m. and to land at LAS at 4:20 p.m. The third and last flight of the day on the route pulls back from the gate at LAX at 7:00 p.m. and arrives at LAS at 8:05 p.m.

Virgin America operates 10 Airbus A319s and has 52 A320s in service and on order, as well as 30 A320neos due to be delivered from 2020. Persistent losses persuaded the carrier to cancel orders for 20 additional A320s in the third quarter of 2012

Virgin America operates 10 Airbus A319s and has 52 A320s in service and on order, as well as 30 A320neos due to be delivered from 2020. Persistent losses persuaded the carrier to cancel orders for 20 additional A320s in the third quarter of 2012

In the other direction, Virgin America’s first daily flight to begin taxiing at LAS at 1:20 p.m. from April 22, in order to make a 2:30 p.m. arrival at LAX. The second flight is timed to leave LAS at 5:05 p.m. and get to LAX at 6:15 p.m. The third and last daily flight is timed to depart LAS at 8:50 p.m. and to touch down at LAX at 10:00 p.m.

Connecting flights are also available between Las Vegas and Virgin America’s Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Newark, Fort Lauderdale, Washington Dulles, New York JFK and Seattle destinations.

Passengers can also connect to Virgin America’s codeshare partners Virgin Australia, Hawaiian Airlines and Singapore Airlines, and various interline partners. These include China Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Emirates, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways, El Al, Qantas, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Pacific, Japan Airlines, SATA, Thai Airways and Air China.