February 12, 2019

Southwest ends direct flight to Las Vegas

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Southwest Airlines has discontinued direct flights from Bradley International Airport to Las Vegas.

Southwest Airlines has discontinued direct, nonstop service from Bradley International Airport to Las Vegas, according to airport and airline officials.

In separate statements, Kevin A. Dillon, head of the Connecticut Airport Authority that oversees Bradley, and Dan Landson, a spokesman for Southwest, said the seasonal route, which typically runs from March to November, is no longer available.

Landson said the airline didn't see enough demand from customers to sustain the service and made the decision to drop the route in November.

He also noted that while customers can no longer fly directly from Bradley to Las Vegas, passengers traveling to or from either city can reach the other with as few as one stop in between.

While the nonstop flights have been dropped for now, state airport officials expect the decision to be reviewed next year, Dillon said.

The discontinued service marks a setback for Bradley, which is looking to expand its list of destinations in 2019.

Last month, the airport announced plans to add flights to Orlando, Florida, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina on Frontier Airlines and Pittsburgh through Via Airlines.

The Frontier routes are expected to come online in May and the Via Airlines routes in July, officials said at the time.

In September, Irish carrier Aer Lingus, which began its partnership with Bradley in 2016, committed to providing transatlantic service between Hartford and Dublin through 2022.

The airport is also exploring options for flights to Austin, Milwaukee, Nashville, Seattle, Jacksonville, Florida, and Jamaica, though airport officials have not provided a timeline for taking on those routes and it is unlikely that they would all be added this year.

Not all of Bradley's efforts at expansion have proven successful, however.

Norwegian Air, which provided service to Edinburgh Airport Scotland, shut down operations in Windsor Locks in early 2018 after less than a year.

Despite the dropping of its Las Vegas route, Southwest remains one of the main carriers at Bradley, with flights to Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Orlando, St. Louis, Tampa, and West Palm Beach, according to the airport's website.

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