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Frontier to add RDU to Las Vegas flight

A Frontier Airlines jet taxis to its gate at Denver International Airport in this 2008 file photo. The airline has announced a new nonstop flight from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Las Vegas.
A Frontier Airlines jet taxis to its gate at Denver International Airport in this 2008 file photo. The airline has announced a new nonstop flight from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Las Vegas. AP

A second airline will begin offering nonstop flights from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Las Vegas when Frontier Airlines kicks off new service to Sin City on Aug. 14.

About 250 people fly between RDU and Las Vegas each day, according to the airport. The new daily flight to McCarran International Airport will be Frontier’s fourth nonstop from RDU. The airline also offers nonstop trips to Orlando, Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J., with fares as low as $79 one way.

“Our network continues to expand in markets where people want to fly,” Josh Flyr, Frontier Airlines vice president of network and revenue, said in a statement. “Customers flying between RDU and Las Vegas will now have a new low-cost option.”

A 186-set, Airbus 320 aircraft will serve the flight, which will depart RDU daily at 7:55 p.m. and arrive in Las Vegas at 9:55 p.m. local time. The return flight will depart Las Vegas at 10:50 p.m. local time and arrive at RDU at 6:20 a.m. the next morning.

“Exceptional air service is critical to growing, thriving communities,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “Frontier’s new nonstop service provides our customers with more opportunities to travel to one of America’s most exciting cities and connect them with the people and places that matter most.”

Southwest Airlines is the only other carrier with nonstop flights between RDU and Las Vegas. The airline offers one flight per day, which generally leaves RDU in the late morning and arrives in Las Vegas in the afternoon. The return flight leaves in the evening local time and arrives at RDU around midnight.

“They do kind of serve different time segments,” RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer said. “We would say that’s a good complement with the existing Southwest service.”

Kathryn Trogdon: 919-829-4845: @KTrogdon

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