Las Vegas glitz and glamour comes to Gatwick Airport

British Airways celebrate their new Gatwick Airport to Las Vegas route.

British Airways celebrate their new Gatwick Airport to Las Vegas route.

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The entertainment capital of the world is now reachable from Gatwick Airport as British Airways launched its latest route to Las Vegas.

The airline joined forces with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVGVA) on Monday morning to ceelbrate its new direct route from Gatwick Airport in style.

Customers at British Airways’ new Gatwick North Terminal check-in area were treated to a glass of English bubbly at a pop-up Las Vegas bar and entertained by tunes from a grand piano, a chorus line of twelve showgirls, circus performers and a four-tier ‘inaugural cake’.

Silla Maizey, British Airways managing director for Gatwick, cut the inaugural cake decorated with sugar figurines of Elvis Presley accompanied by Las Vegas showgirls.

She said: “Las Vegas is incredibly popular with British Airways customers and we’re delighted to be able to start flying there from Gatwick. It’s the perfect route for our holiday makers, thanks to the sun and fun there is to be had there.”

The service, which started Monday, will be operated by a three-cabin Boeing 777 complete with a Club World business class cabin with six-foot fully flat beds.

It is the second direct route to Las Vegas from the UK with British Airways, which also runs a daily service from London Heathrow.

Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority , said: “Las Vegas is pleased that British Airways has expanded its service from London to Las Vegas by offering this new non-stop service from Gatwick.

“The UK is our number one overseas market and will play a key role in increasing international visitation to 30 percent of our total visitation over the next decade.”

The flights to McCarren Airport will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.