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LAS VEGAS (AP) — McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is more than doubling its number of flights from Mexico for Mexican Independence Day weekend.
The airport says 37 commercial flights will be coming directly to Las Vegas from Mexico on Thursday and Friday, more than double the norm. Twenty two of the flights are charters. Air travelers alone are expected to bring 5,000 tourists to town this weekend, according to County Aviation spokeswoman Christine Crews, in an interview with KXNT.
The holiday is a major tourist draw for Las Vegas. This year’s festivities include a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, parades, a mariachi festival and concerts by Latin music superstars including Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony and Luis Miguel.
The airport says it’s seeing greater interest in Las Vegas among Mexican tourists. Passenger traffic from America’s southern neighbor is up 42 percent from three years ago. Tourism officials note international travelers tend to spend more per person than domestic visitors.
A mariachi band greeted many of the visitors at McCarran’s international gates Thursday morning and mid-day.