Casino owner giving away 1,000 free flights to Las Vegas

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Steve Marcus

Casino owner Derek Stevens introduces restaurant owners during a news conference at D Las Vegas in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Stevens unveiled the restaurant lineup for his new Circa hotel-casino which is scheduled to open downtown in December 2020.

By Bryan Horwath (contact)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 10:56 a.m.

Downtown casino owner Derek Stevens is giving away 1,000 free flights to Las Vegas in hopes of jump-starting its tourism industry.

Stevens, owner of The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate on Fremont Street, announced plans today to give away one-way flights from 20 U.S. cities.

Gov. Steve Sisolak has given the go-ahead for Nevada casinos to reopen starting June 4. Casinos and other nonessential businesses were ordered closed in mid-March to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

"As we begin to reopen our doors across the city, we are proud to help reinvigorate travel to Las Vegas while supporting airlines in America impacted by the COVID-19 crisis," Stevens said in a statement. "While we'd love for visitors to stop by downtown Las Vegas, we primarily want to get people back to Las Vegas to experience the attractions and amenities that make it one of the greatest places on Earth."

Flights will originate in 20 cities, including Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Cincinnati and Oklahoma City.

People can sign up for the free flights on a first come, first serve basis online at All participants must be 21.

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