MERCED — Instead of Los Angeles, Mercedians soon will be flying to Sin City.
City officials announced Friday that Merced Regional Airport will stop its daily flights to Ontario International Airport in Southern California on April 7 and instead will send two planes a day to Las Vegas.
City spokesman Mike Conway said Las Vegas had been a popular destination under a previous carrier, so Great Lakes Airlines, the airport's only airline, again will offer that service. He said Great Lakes found there wasn't a huge demand for flights to Ontario.
The planes will land at McCarran International Airport, a major airline hub that opens up connecting flights with 30 air carriers. The airport is also close to the Las Vegas strip.
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Merced Regional Airport Superintendent Ron Elliott said customers can get the best price of $79 round-trip by booking flights 30 days in advance using the Internet.
Booking flights less than 30 days in advance or at the airport's ticket counter will cost much more.
The flights to Las Vegas will depart from Merced at 9:50 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Return flights will arrive in Merced at 9:40 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.