Sun Country Airlines will launch nonstop seasonal service between Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Las Vegas on May 18, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Transportation Tuesday.

The airline will start with a Saturday flight and add a Wednesday flight starting May 29. Beginning June 5, there will be four nonstop flights offered each week on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Las Vegas is a strategic market for Anchorage and we are excited Sun Country will open this new nonstop destination,” said Anchorage airport manager Jim Szczesniak, “We have been working to secure nonstop flights between Anchorage and major hub markets. Nonstop flights stimulate growth and this new route will help continue the growth we saw last summer.”

Other Alaska air route developments in recent months include direct flights between Alaska and Harbin, China starting later this year, as well as United Airlines planning direct service between Fairbanks and Denver this summer.

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