The British Are Coming

British airline Virgin Atlantic is adding two direct flights to Las Vegas from the UK starting next year. The airline, which has been connecting London’s Gatwick Airport with Las Vegas for 10 years, will fly from Manchester to McCarran International Airport twice weekly, on Sundays and Thursdays, beginning next April.

The announcement adds to the list of new direct flights heading for Las Vegas from international destinations, including Paris via XL Airways; London’s Heathrow Airport on British Airways; and Mexico City with Aeroméxico.

McCarran has retained a traffic consultant to help discover additional markets that could support direct flights. Airport officials and representatives from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority plan to use the data to convince more airlines to offer nonstop flights to Vegas.

All international nonstop flights will eventually utilize McCarran’s $2.4 billion, 14-gate Terminal 3, which is set to open in mid-2012.