BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Leaders with the Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (CIRA) announced a new flight at the airport.
Bloomington Normal Airport Authority Executive Director Carl Olson said starting Aug. 12, Frontier Airlines is offering nonstop flights to Las Vegas, NV twice a week.
In just seven weeks, travelers can drop their bags at the Frontier Airlines baggage drop get on flight to Las Vegas at Bloomington-Normal’s CIRA and be in Vegas, non-stop.
Olson said it’s the 10th overall non-stop flight the airport offers through its partner airlines.
“This is a tremendous market with a tremendous partnering airline in Frontier offering low-fares done right. We think this is going be a big hit for the entire region,” Olson said.
Olson said it’s the first time since 2008 that the flights to Vegas will be offered at the airport and the they are hitting a jackpot with the current market for air travel.
“There’s a lot of pent up demand for leisure travel and Frontier and the airport fully believe now is good time to restart this non stop service to Vegas,” Olson said.
They are also offering free travel for children 14 and under on select flights with the purchase of a Discount Den member fare.
Olson said it’s a great time to go on a trip and have fun again after the pandemic has improved.
“So to be able to have a family of four; two adults and two children fly for under $200 round-trip, that’s fantastic. It’s a good opportunity to get out and enjoy life again,” Olson said.
Charlie Moore president of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce said more flyers in and out of the area is a positive overall for area businesses and the county’s economy.
“As people start to look to get back to normal after post-COVID, looking at convention travel, tourism travel, sports travel, that’s an opportunity to open the gateway both directions from Bloomington to Las Vegas,” Moore said.
Frontier Airlines also offer nonstop flights from Bloomington-Normal to Denver, CO and Orlando FL.
Despite most of the nation being reopened, per TSA rules, masks are still required inside all airports and on the plane to the destination.