On July 18, 2017 it was definitively announced that the American airline Delta will temporarily deploy extra flights to Las Vegas and to Austin in Texas. This concerns direct flights from Amsterdam to Las Vegas and it has to do with the strong demand for airline tickets on this route in January and March 2018.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
The first reason for the high demand for airline tickets to Las Vegas has to do with the Consumer Electronics Show that will take place at the beginning of January 2018. The CES was good for no less than 60,000 international visitors this year. Since the first show in 1967, the show has grown to become the world's largest technology fair in the world.
For the enthusiasts it is enjoyment and a visit to the CES is often combined with visiting the casinos in Las Vegas.
South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas
The South by Southwest is a 5-day conference in Austin. Unlike the CES in Las Vegas, the SXSW attracts an average of 400,000 people. The SXSW has 3 themes, namely Interactive, Film & Music.
Delta responds to demand
The American partner of KLM uses 3 extra non-stop return flights to the gambling city of Las Vegas. They will fly with a Boeing 777-200. 291 passengers can be brought to Las Vegas on this type of aircraft. Delta is also going to fly extra flights from Paris to Las Vegas in cooperation with Air France.
In March, Delta will also offer 3 non-stop return flights to Austin, Texas. There is a Boeing 767-300 on that route. This type of aircraft can accommodate 225 passengers. When the tickets can be purchased and what effect this has on ticket prices is not yet known.