The owner of several downtown casinos gave away 2,000 one-way flights from more than 20 U.S. cities last week in an effort to reignite tourism in Las Vegas.

Derek Stevens, who will reopen the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino on June 4 and the new Circa later this year, was behind the "Keep America Flying" promotion. The first round of 1,000 flights on May 27 were scooped up in less than two hours; a second round of an additional 1,000 free flights were also gone within hours.

"As we begin to reopen our doors across the city, we are proud to help reinvigorate travel to Las Vegas while supporting airlines in America impacted by the Covid-19 crisis," Stevens said.

Participants booked a seat by signing up at TheD.com on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests chose from several flight options during the first two weeks in June and were booked through the concierge team at the D. Participants, however, were not required to stay at Stevens' properties and had to book their own return flights.

"We can't wait to safely bring visitors to the city and remind them why we've earned the title of 'Entertainment Capital of the World,'" said Stevens, who is also constructing Circa, which is still scheduled to open downtown in December. "While we'd love for visitors to stop by downtown Las Vegas, we primarily want to get people back to Las Vegas to experience the attractions and amenities that make it one of the greatest places on Earth."

The free one-way flights were available through carriers such as Allegiant, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit and Sun Country from select cities across the U.S.

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