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China’s Hainan Airlines to Start Non-Stop Service to Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Chinese airline says it has filed for U.S. approval to start non-stop service to Las Vegas.

Hainan Airlines announced Thursday that it has filed for approval with the Department of Transportation to fly from Sin City to Beijing.

If approved, the airline will offer the route three days a week starting in December.

The airline and local officials touted the pending deal as a boon for the Las Vegas tourism market.

International tourism to Las Vegas in the past year has seen a slight decline, attributed to the strength of the U.S. dollar as well as economic woes overseas.

But Vegas officials say they believe that the number of Chinese tourists have been undercounted since they often tack on a visit after entering the U.S. through other cities directly.

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