Vegas growth prompts Funjet to boost lift By Amy Baratta / May 05, 1999 Share 1 -- LAS VEGAS -- Beginning June 1, Milwaukee-based Funjet Vacations, which has offered Las Vegas programs for 25 years, will increase its airlift to this city by as much as 130% in certain markets. According to Ray Snisky, the company's director of marketing, the city's growing number of hotel accommodations -- 120,000 new rooms will be added by the end of the year -- was the impetus behind Funjet's decision. "Las Vegas is so diverse, and there are so many new properties now," Snisky said. "As the room inventory grew, we wanted to grow, too. We wanted to strengthen our position by providing flexible service [to clients] and sending our hotel partners business."The increases in airlift range anywhere from 40% to 130%, with most increases occurring during off-peak travel dates. "The time is right" for traveling to Las Vegas, Snisky said. "With all the new investments, not only in the new properties but also in [existing] properties, it's a good value for people to go to Las Vegas. If you haven't been to Las Vegas in the past year, you haven't been to Las Vegas."Overall, he said, the largest increases in airlift will occur in Milwaukee, where the company will feature two flights daily, and Chicago, where daily flight service will be added from both O'Hare and Midway. Daily flight service also will be added from Cleveland and Dallas. Depending on the departure city, the nonstop flights will operate via American Trans Air or Sun Country Airlines.To celebrate the added service, special activities have been planned for June 1 at the airports in these cities, Snisky said. "We wanted to create more excitement in launching the program," he said. "Themed characters will be at some of the events in conjunction with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) having showgirls and other entertainers there," he added. "Merchandise also will be given out on some of the planes, there will be drawings, and different [cities] are working with the LVCVA to have people on hand to greet the plane [in Las Vegas]."With the added airlift, Funjet now will offer a total of more than 60 flights per week to Las Vegas. Air-only and air-hotel vacations are available as is daily one-way service.Scheduled air programs with carriers such as Continental, Delta, TWA, Alaska Airlines and Reno Air also are offered by Funjet, and existing nonstop charter service is available from St. Louis, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Kansas City, Mo., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Complete air-hotel vacations include roundtrip air, accommodations at one of 32 hotel properties, hotel taxes and service charges, a Las Vegas FunBook featuring coupons for meals and shows, 24-hour traveler assistance and the services of a Funjet Vacations representative. An Alamo rental car can be added at an extra cost. Funjet Vacations, Phone: (800) 558-3050.