Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Jan. 25, 2005

MCCARRAN AIRPORT: Earlier this month, the Clark County Department of Aviation and Aruba Wireless Networks officials launched what they billed as the countrys largest free wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) airport network 1.7 million square feet of coverage at McCarran Airport. The new service provides travelers with Wi-Fi-enabled computers and personal digital assistants unlimited free high-speed Internet access around the clock from any of the airports public areas. Free high-speed wireless service also is available at North Las Vegas Airport and Henderson Executive Airport, two general aviation facilities in the countys airport system.

HOOTERS AIR will inaugurate twice-weekly service between the Greater Rockford Airport in Rockford, Ill., and Las Vegas on Feb. 3. The new service will be operated by the Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based carrier using Boeing 737 and Boeing 757 aircraft and will feature Hooters Girls on every flight. Fares will start at $99 per person, one way. For more information or reservations, call (888) 359-4668 or visit http://www.hootersair.com/.

AMERICA WEST AIRLINES: Starting March 1, America West Airlines will begin jet service between Las Vegas and Boise, Idaho, as well as Albuquerque, N.M. A sample fare of $60 per person, one way is available for the Boise flights only if booked online through www.americawest.com?c=12270816Boise. The fare is valid for travel Tuesdays through Wednesdays and noon to midnight on Saturdays and requires a 21-day advance purchase as well as a one-night minimum stay. Travel must be completed by March 9. The carrier last month also initiated another flight between Las Vegas and Ontario, Calif., and will start additional service between Las Vegas and Burbank, Calif., as well as Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 11. America West Express, operated by Mesa Airlines, will provide the new service using an 86-passenger Canadair Regional Jet 900 (CRJ900). Also on Feb. 11, America West will increase its four-times-weekly service between Las Vegas and the Mexican cities of Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos to daily service. More information is available at (800) 235-9292 or at www.americawest.com.

AIR SERVICE: Californias Palmdale Regional Airport, located in the Antelope Valley on a 60-acre site on U.S. Air Force Plant 42, reopened late last month for scheduled commercial air service when Scenic Airlines inaugurated nonstop service between Palmdale and North Las Vegas Airport. For the past six years, the Palmdale airport served as a commercial airport for occasional charter operations. Scenic, which operates as both a sightseeing tour operator and a regional air carrier, initially will offer 10 weekly roundtrip flights using a 19-passenger De Havilland Twin Otter Vistaliner aircraft. Regular fares will start at $79 one way, but an introductory fare of $49 one way is being offered. Scenics North Las Vegas terminal is a 25-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. The carrier offers complimentary door-to-door shuttle service between its terminal, hotels on the Strip and McCarran Airport. To book, call (800) 634-6801 or visit http://www.scenic.com/.

MEXICANA AIRLINES last month launched thrice-weekly, nonstop service between Las Vegas and Los Cabos, Mexico. Flights depart Las Vegas on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and return Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information or reservations, call (800) 531-7921 or visit www.mexicana.com.

CORRECTION: Through March 1, the cost of a US Airways Vacations three-night stay in a salon suite at the Bellagios new Spa Tower will run $1,149 per person, including air from Philadelphia. An incorrect price and a different city of origin appeared in last weeks issue of the Vegas e-letter.

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